Commuters in Dallas are fortunate to have access to the Dallas Area Regional Transit (DART) light rail line, which boasts one of the highest light rail riderships in the country. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is also a shipping hub, with hundreds of miles of cargo trains running through the metro area. With this many trains, the potential for a train accident is high. If you end up in a train accident, a Dallas train accident lawyer is on your side.
A train accident could be a crash on the commuter lines, a freight train collision with a passenger vehicle, or a tragic train derailment that affects multiple victims. When a catastrophic train accident happens, you need a talented legal team behind you. Crain Brogdon, LLP, Dallas train accident attorneys, can help you explore your legal options after an accident. They can also help file a lawsuit on your behalf against the party that caused the accident and your injuries.
Call (214) 522-9404 to speak with a Dallas train accident attorney about your case.
The Crain Brogdon, LLP, Dallas train accident lawyers have represented victims like you since 2001 and have a history of fighting for the rights of injured people against big corporations and governments. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a DFW train accident, you may be able to file a suit against the liable party for your losses. Train accident cases can be complicated, however, and this is especially true when multiple defendants are involved. Not every personal injury firm in Dallas has the resources to handle these cases. Crain Brogdon, LLP does.
Our law firm represents victims of avoidable accidents, light freight train or light rail collisions, and derailments. We conduct independent investigations into the cause of your accident and fight to get you the justice you deserve. We believe that everyone should have strong representation when they have been wronged. Our track record of multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for our clients speaks for itself. As your train accident lawyer, we walk beside you every step of the way, from our complimentary initial consultation all the way to a jury trial.
More than half of all train accidents happen where train tracks cross a road. Many train crossings are unguided or even unprotected, lacking a guardrail to bar other vehicles from crossing the track when a train is approaching. Some also lack signals to warn drivers when a train is on the way. Drivers sometimes think they can “beat” the train to the crossing — a dangerous gamble when it is difficult to determine just how fast the train is going.
Other causes of train accidents include:
Different crash causes have different at-fault parties, and, sometimes, a collision may have more than one cause and more than one responsible party. For example, a collision could occur because a car stalled on the tracks, and the conductor could not stop the train in time. However, had the engine been properly maintained and the brakes kept in good condition, the conductor would have been able to avoid the accident.
It is the job of your Dallas train accident lawyer to examine all elements of the crash and to allocate responsibility correctly. They must then begin to build a case against the parties that caused the crash and your subsequent injuries.
Train accidents can affect train passengers — who can be harmed if the train derails — or unwary drivers and pedestrians that may be crossing the tracks. In rare cases, trains collide with each other, potentially harming dozens or more people.
The force of a train impact or collision can cause catastrophic injuries. How you are hurt in an accident often depends on where you are when the train crashes. If you are in a passenger car that is struck by a train, you may end up with life-threatening injuries from the impact of a thousand-ton vehicle. Riders inside a train may suffer the same kinds of injuries as someone in a passenger car collision, such as a head injury or broken bones.
Some of the most common types of train injuries are:
Tragically, some victims of train accidents do not survive their injuries. If the unthinkable happens, your Crain Brogdon, LLP Dallas train accident attorneys can file a wrongful death suit for your family. Call us today at (214) 522-9404 for a free case review.
Train accidents can be caused by numerous parties. Some of the defendants your Dallas train accident attorney may hold responsible include:
Multiple parties could be simultaneously at fault. As a result, your Dallas train accident lawyer may need to construct a case against more than one party. At Crain Brogdon, LLP, we have the legal resources to investigate the fault of multiple parties and build cases against each one.
Depending on your injury, your recovery could take weeks or even months. Broken bones could require surgery to heal and physical therapy to help you regain your mobility. The party that caused you injuries should be legally responsible for your medical bills and any rehabilitative treatment you need afterward.
If you missed work to heal from your injuries or are placed on light duty or part-time hours while you recover, you are likely feeling the pinch of reduced wages. The at-fault party, or parties, may also compensate you for the missed wages from work or a loss of earning potential if your injuries preclude you from working at the job you held before the train accident. Victims who are seriously injured, or experienced moderate to severe brain injury, may not be able to work at all or even live independently after the crash.
Some victims may require modifications to their home or vehicle, or both, to accommodate a disability they now have because of their crash injuries. Others, such as those who experience cognitive decline due to excessive brain damage from a head injury, may require accommodation in a nursing home.
All of these costs should be the responsibility of the party that caused the crash, along with compensation for your pain and suffering. As your Dallas train accident lawyer, Crain Brogdon, LLP will accurately evaluate your case and fight for a settlement that covers all of these costs, including compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life following the accident.
If you or a loved one has considered filing a lawsuit for damages against the train company or any other party that may have caused your train accident, you probably have a lot of questions for your Dallas train accident attorney about how to start the process and what happens next.
Usually, the extent of your injuries and other financial and non-economic losses determine the value of your case. Your economic damages include the actual cost of your medical treatment, modifications to a home or vehicle, and unearned wages because of time missed to heal from your injuries. Your non-economic damages are the compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and diminished quality of life because of your injuries and chronic pain.
Most personal injury attorneys, including those at Crain Brogdon, LLP collect legal fees only on the contingency that they win your case. Our fees are a percentage of the final award, which means that your upfront cost for filing the injury lawsuit is nothing.
Nothing! The other party is hoping that you will say something that will make it seem like you are less injured than you actually are. The other party does not have your best interests in mind and is seeking reasons to deny your claim or minimize it. Refer any communication from the train company, its lawyers, or its insurance company to your Dallas train accident attorneys.
Once you accept a settlement from the other party, your case is closed, and you cannot seek additional damages if it turns out that the extent of your injuries is worse than you initially thought. For example, you may have fractured your leg in the collision and accepted a settlement while you still had your cast on. But, the money is not enough to cover the physical therapy you need once the cast comes off, or it may not be enough to cover the wages you did not earn because you weren’t able to perform your regular job.
An experienced train accident attorney understands how to properly estimate the value of your case and will fight to ensure that the at-fault party settles for a reasonable, fair amount.
Yes. If your beloved family member died, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. We know that no amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one. However, a settlement from the suit can help ease some of the financial struggles your family may be experiencing after your loss. Your loved one would not have wanted you to suffer any more than you already are. You may be able to use your settlement to cover the costs of education for your children or to help cover your retirement now that your spouse is not able to help you.
We know that you have many questions about the particular circumstances of your case, and you can depend on Crain Brogdon, LLP to give you honest, timely answers at every step of the process.
If you or a loved one has been hurt following a train accident in Dallas or Fort Worth, we can help. Crain Brogdon, LLP, experienced train accident lawyers, provides compassionate yet tenacious representation no matter how complicated your case is. We skillfully negotiate on your behalf in mediation and fight hard in court.
You deserve excellent representation. Contact us today at 214-522-9404 for a free case consultation.
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]