Tenacious Maryland Train Accident Attorneys Protect Victims of the Train Wrecks and Derailments
Determined lawyers who fight for you after a serious accident
Very few transportation crashes are as devastating as major train wrecks, mostly because they often happen suddenly and without any notice whatsoever. Even a few miles per hour over the speed limit or a momentary lapse of concentration can lead to a major derailment. Other times, an operator may fail to spot a hazard on the tracks, such as a stalled car, not apply the brakes quickly enough at a stop, or even collide with another train.
The experienced Maryland train accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, know what it takes to have a successful case outcome. Our attorneys are process-oriented; they believe that careful attention to details is the best path to victory, and there are no shortcuts. Our commitment is our very best effort handling every case. .
Common types of train crashes
For generations, Baltimore has been a major hub in the Washington/Philadelphia/New York corridor. Whether trains are hauling freight or transporting commuters, some common railway accidents include:
- Vehicle/train collisions: Some crossings are rather poorly marked and an oncoming train may approach with little or no warning, especially in low-light conditions. Other crossings are the exact opposite. They are such a dazzling combination of crossbars, flashing lights, and clanging bells that drivers may panic and freeze in an emergency.
- Train/train collisions: Rail lines depend on precise timing and reliable equipment. If there is a breakdown in either of these areas, a massive train wreck is not only possible, but probable.
- Pedestrian/train collisions: Many pedestrian/train accidents occur at private crossings that are very poorly marked or at random points along the line, where unknowing children may be playing.
- Derailment: In almost all instances, poorly maintained tracks are to blame for these massive disasters.
Damages in a negligent train wreck case may include compensation for both economic damages, like lost wages and medical bills, and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Who is to blame?
It often takes months to determine the cause of a train crash, because there are sometimes a number of contributing causes, such as:
- Operator negligence: Just like motor vehicle drivers, train conductors may try to run a train while they are impaired by a lack of sleep, alcohol, medicationor other substance. They may also be distracted at a critical moment.
- Track maintenance: In many cases, railroad tracks were laid decades ago. Normal wear and tear may cause trains to lose grip on the tracks, especially around curves or at high speeds.
- Crossings: A well-designed and safe crossing should take into account the amount of traffic, the speed of the trains, and a host of other factors. Many times, this deliberate planning was simply not done properly.
Experienced Baltimore train accident attorneys guide you through the devestation
Serious train wrecks can cause substantial personal injury and property damage. For a free consultation with experienced Baltimore train accident attorneys, contact Mallon & McCool, LLC at (410) 727-7887, (800) 918-8872, or online today. We limit our practice to serious injuries in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.