How Can a Railroad Accident Lawyer Help Me With My Case?

Statistics published by the National Safety Council show that 954 railroad accident fatalities took place in the United States in 2022, marking not only a significant 11% increase from the year before but also the highest fatality rate since 2007. Likewise, in that same year, nonfatal railroad accident injuries rose by 6% from 2021 with a total of 6,252 reported cases. If you were injured in a railroad accident, an experienced Norfolk train accident attorney at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp can help by collecting evidence, building a strong case, and handling all communications with the negligent party. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 

How Do Railroad Accidents Happen?

According to data supplied by the Federal Railroad Administration, the majority of railway accidents are caused by human factors, such as misjudgment and inattention. This also includes miscommunication among the crew, signaling misunderstandings, and errors in operation, 

In addition to these, maintenance problems are also a frequent cause of train accidents. Outdated equipment, signal malfunctions, and neglected repairs can endanger the safety of the train as well as those on board. In some instances, external elements, like inclement weather and track obstructions can also play a role in railroad accidents.

Our Norfolk train accident attorneys can review the facts of your case, and make sure the full impact of your accident is represented in your injury claim.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Railroad Accident Victims?

If you were injured in a train accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, you are eligible to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and other damages. Although each accident is different, most claims include medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. If you lost a loved one in a railroad accident, you may be entitled to collect wrongful death damages. 

What Injuries Are Commonly Caused by Railroad Accidents?

Sadly, train accidents can cause a wide array of injuries of varying impact and severity. For example, victims can experience:

  • Mild injuries, like contusions and lacerations, that require only basic medical care
  • Emotional trauma
  • Serious injuries, such as internal injuries, broken bones, and burns. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and physical rehabilitation
  • Catastrophic injuries, like traumatic amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These could result in lifelong or long-term disability
  • Wrongful death

Our Norfolk railroad accident lawyers will make sure that every aspect of your losses is taken into account in your claim. This way, we can obtain an appropriate settlement that thoroughly addresses the full extent of your direct and long-term damages.

What Are My Legal Options After a Railroad Accident?

After a railway accident, victims can choose to pursue different legal options, each with its own set of implications and procedures. A qualified train accident lawyer can help you make a well-informed decision and advise you on the best course of action for your situation.

Bringing a Lawsuit

This means taking your case to court. Filing a lawsuit involves the painstaking preparation and presentation of every aspect of your case, including the details of the accident, proof of negligence, and the scope of the damages you incurred.

The purpose is to plainly articulate the merits of your case by showing how the liable party’s actions caused the train accident and the ensuing injuries, thereby establishing liability. 

Negotiating a Settlement

In terms of efficiency and reduced stress, negotiating a settlement is an excellent alternative. Deciding to accept a settlement can expedite a resolution to your case, allowing you to circumvent the emotional turmoil and uncertainty of a trial. 

During settlement negotiations, your lawyer will focus on securing a settlement that fully covers the extent of your damages, including current and future medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, and others. 

What Else Does a Railroad Accident Lawyer Do?

The Norfolk railroad accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp take pride in tailoring a unique legal strategy for every individual case. We can:

  • Investigate your accident and collect evidence
  • Explain which federal and local laws pertain to your case and the impact they may have
  • Deal with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement
  • If filing a lawsuit becomes necessary, we will represent you in court 
  • Maximize your financial compensation  
  • Handle your case efficiently and effectively to mitigate your stress and allow you to focus on your recovery

Using these methods, we were able to obtain a $133,000 settlement for a mother and her two small children after their car was struck by a train. To schedule a free consultation, call (833) 997-1774 or fill out our online contact form. Our offices are in Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. 


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