Railroads are generally classified as common carriers, which means they have a legal obligation to use the highest degree of care and diligence to protect their passengers and the public at large. This is especially true in the case of passenger trains, though railroads in many cases are liable for damages caused by freight train derailments. If the equipment is not properly maintained and operated, then derailments can occur – tragically causing catastrophic injuries and death. The destruction from a derailment can include massive amounts of property and building damage as well as injuries and death to passengers and the public. Though they are quite destructive, derailments can be avoided.
In developing systems safety it is necessary to build in considerations of human error and malfunctioning – things which occur naturally over time. Frequently, however, railroad companies have been known to ignore these facts in an attempt to save money – a series of minor decisions, perhaps, but the end result can cost lives. Some failures are simply foreseeable and therefore must be taken into account and compensated for through various mechanisms – mechanisms which at present are lacking.
If you’ve been a victim in any way of a train derailment, it is important that you contact an attorney who knows the technical details of railroad litigation. The lawyers of Pottroff & Karlin, LLC have devoted themselves solely to railroad safety, and are eager to help you with your problems. If you’ve been a victim off a train derailment, do not hesitate to contact us. Victims of these accidents are often feeling confused, hurt, and are wondering what legal solutions they have. Contact us and we’ll discuss your options openly and honestly.