Virginia railroad accident lawyers
Millions of Americans rely on trains to get to work every day. People also use trains for vacations and work-related trips. Trains can be convenient, giving riders an opportunity to read, talk, relax, or catch up on work while they ride.
Commuters in Virginia regularly take the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), DC Metro, Maryland Area Commuter Rail (MARC), and Amtrak. Almost 30 million people use Amtrak annually, and VRE transports over a million passengers every year.
Railway accidents happen more often than people realize, and they can be a serious hazard to passengers and others who are struck. More than 270 fatalities happened from train crashes at gate crossings in a recent year. Victims of railway crashes may face significant medical expenses in addition to other costs, such as occupational therapy.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we have recovered significant settlements and lawsuits for our clients. Our partners have small-town values and big-city experience. Ken Gibson has worked in the federal and state courts as a prosecutor, and John Singleton was part of a large insurance firm.
John and Ken are former U.S. Marines who don’t back down. The experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will investigate your accident and pursue justice against those who harmed you.
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Over 1,000 trains derail every year in the United States. A derailment results when a train becomes separated from the tracks and veers off on its own. When a train pulls off the track, riders can experience serious injuries as cars twist, flip over, and crash. Derailments that occur as the train is traveling along a curve tend to cause more damage than trains moving in a straight line.
Trains are designed to travel along two rails that are set a fixed distance apart. When the gauge is too wide or too narrow, derailment can result. Factors that lead to derailment include:
- Broken or defective rails
- Debris on the tracks
- Buckled tracks
- Poor track maintenance
- Unevenly loaded trains
- Rail kinks caused by high temperatures
When trains crash into each other, it’s typically human error, such as a railway employee switching a train onto the wrong track or a miscommunication between control and a conductor.
Trains crashes are frequently caused by large objects on the tracks. Most of these incidents occur at railroad crossings. These crashes are often caused by drivers who ignore crossing signals or attempt to speed across the tracks ahead of an oncoming train. Accidents also result when a crossing signal malfunctions.
Factors that contribute to train collisions include:
- Overloaded trains
- Electrical failure
- Defective gates or signals
- Speeding trains
- Objects along the tracks
- Conductor negligence
- Poor train maintenance
- Improper braking techniques
- Failure to sound the train horn
- Unprotected crossings
- Objects protruding from the train
- Locomotive wheel or bearing failure
- Inadequate communication with operators
- Poor crew and conductor training
- Negligent hiring of unqualified railway employees
- Unsecured railway cars traveling along a hill
Trains are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). All train crashes are investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Train crashes involve complex technical issues, and they have strict filing deadlines for lawsuits. So it’s important to find the right lawyer to represent you if you are injured in a train accident.
The experienced litigators at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will review the investigation and determine who is liable for your injuries. We will identify the liable parties and file a claim or a lawsuit on your behalf. GibsonSingleton will negotiate to maximize your settlement.
A personal injury claim for people harmed in a railway accident will include the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Medical devices
- In-home nursing care
- Loss of consortium
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Reduced earning potential
- Wheelchair ramps for your home
- Wrongful death
A train is a massive piece of machinery that’s capable of causing tremendous damage. Frequent injures that result from train accidents include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ failure
- Loss of limb
- Severe burns
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we’ve dedicated our law practice to helping people who have been senselessly harmed in an accident. This isn’t just a job for us – we consider it a calling.
We treat all our clients with respect and compassion, and both of our partners have firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to be an injury victim.
Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today. We’re here to work wisely for you, and you won’t pay anything unless we win.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.