Common Causes of Train Accidents in Morristown
There is some good news about Tennessee train accidents. The state experienced 13 fewer train derailments and collisions in 2007, compared with 2006, and a 19 percent decline in accidents overall. But that progress must be tempered by the serious nature of prior collisions, including a grade crossing accident in 2000 that killed three children on a school bus in Conasauga, TN. The dangers from train accidents remain very real. Train accidents can result from several different scenarios, including collisions with other trains, single train accidents or collisions with passenger vehicles attempting to cross the tracks.
Our lawyers are experienced in investigating train accidents, including those caused by:
- Drug or alcohol use, and other human factors
- Mechanical failure
- Poor track conditions
- Dangerous or unprotected railroad crossings
- Damaged or inadequate guards
- Failure to sound horn
The Unique & Complicated Nature of Train Accident Cases
Train accident cases are governed by very strict time limits on reporting injuries and filing lawsuits and any legal action involving a train is much more complicated than a typical car accident case because federal law often comes into play. As with any personal injury case, the burden of proof is placed upon the victim who must demonstrate who was to blame for the injuries suffered.
This is particularly important in train accident cases involving train crossings, where the insurance company for the railroad company may try to place the responsibility on the victim. Our Morristown personal injury attorneys will do whatever is necessary to gather this burden of proof and give you the best chance at receiving the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (423) 586-5800 today.