If you’ve been a victim of a train accident, you need an experienced attorney by your side
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates that there were more than 890 railroad accident fatalities and nearly 8,500 train accident injuries in 2004. These numbers may seem low compared to the countless auto accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents that affect the lives of Americans every day, but for a victim of a railroad accident, the ramifications can be life-changing. If you or a loved one has been involved in a railroad-crossing or light rail train incident, an accident lawyer from our firm serving Olathe, Overland Park, and Kansas City can help. With extensive experience representing victims of train accidents and other motor vehicle collisions, Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum has the knowledge and resources to help you obtain a fair settlement for your suffering.
Train Accident Injuries
The types of injuries sustained in a train accident are usually similar to those associated with motor vehicle crashes. These wounds can include broken bones, fractures, sprains, concussions, burns and abrasions, internal injury, spinal cord and back injury, and brain injury. In a railroad accident that involves the collision of a train and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are much more likely to sustain serious injuries or even death than in a normal car accident. In fact, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, motorists are 30 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in one with another motor vehicle.
Railroad Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
The United States railway system is a complex network of passenger and freight railroads with more than 250,000 public and private highway-rail crossings. It is at these junctions that the road and train tracks intersect, creating the potential for severe collisions between trains and passenger vehicles. The Federal Railroad Administration estimates that more than 50 percent of all railroad accidents occur at unprotected crossings, 80 percent of which do not have sufficient warning devices such as signs and signals. Other factors that can lead to a train accident include derailment, mechanical failure, collisions with other trains, train operator negligence, and driver inattention or inexperience.
If you are a resident of Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, or the surrounding areas and you have been involved in a light rail train or railroad incident, an accident lawyer from our firm can conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your accident. Our legal team is experienced in accident reconstruction of all kinds and can determine how the accident occurred, what factors contributed to the crash, and who was at fault. If it is determined that the railroad crossing was inadequately marked or that the railroad company acted irresponsibly or with negligence, you and your family may be eligible for damages that can compensate you for medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses.
Contact a Railroad Accident Lawyer
Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum, P.C. offers consistently superior legal counsel to the greater Kansas City, Olathe, and Overland Park areas. If you have been involved in a railroad collision, contact a train accident lawyer from our firm for a free consultation.