Georgia Train Accident Lawyer

Train Accident Attorney Assisting Plaintiffs in Georgia

Collisions with passenger vehicles, train derailments, and collisions with other trains are some of the most common types of train accidents. These accidents cause a lot of deaths and injuries in Georgia. According to reports by the NTSB, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S Rail every two hours.

If you or your loved one have been injured or killed in a train accident in Georgia, a good train accident attorney may help you get compensation.

Railroad employees and train operators have the legal obligation to perform their duties with diligence and care. They should protect the welfare of their passengers. Some of their duties include; maintaining the equipment and following the existing safety regulations. If you get into an accident as a result of their negligence, they are legally obligated to compensate you.

Common causes of train accidents include; defective rail equipment, non-functioning crossing gates, and operator error.

Aside from being tragic and devastating, Georgia train accidents can also be very difficult to understand. It can be difficult to understand your rights and responsibilities without seeking legal counsel. An experienced Georgia train accident attorney will analyze your case and help you recover your damages. You may get compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Georgia Train Accident Statistics

In Georgia, more than 50% of all fatal train accidents occur at train crossings that have poor safety devices. Some of them may have insufficient safety devices. The trains are unable to alert unsuspecting motorists. During the day, an average of 75% of car and train collisions occur when a train hits a car. At night, cars run into trains 50% of the time.

Plenty of Georgia train accidents occur due to human error. Some of the errors include the following;

1.     Hiring unqualified people

2.     Inadequate training of employees

3.     Poor supervision of employees

4.     Intoxicated conductors

5.     Distraction

6.     Understaffing which leads to fatigue

If your accident can be traced to any of these reasons, the negligent parties or their insurance providers should compensate you. If liability is split between more than one parties, they will all compensate you.

There are 250, 000 highway-rail grade crossings in the country. It is where most train accidents in Georgia happen. In Georgia and the United States, motorists are about 30 times more likely to die in train accidents than auto accidents.

Pottroff & Karlin LLC is your trusted partner for train accident representation in Georgia. We work with you to get the compensation you deserve after a train accident in Georgia. We are committed to pushing for public safety in the industry. We commit over 90% of our caseload to train and railroad-related accidents.

At Pottroff & Karlin, we work tirelessly to convince the railroad industry that public safety is a major concern. We encourage them to be proactive and not reactive. Our goal is not only to represent you but also to reduce the number of train and railroad accidents per year.

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Train crash cases are unique and complex with many different potential pitfalls, such as federal preemption. Anytime I get hired or even get a call from a train crash victim, my very first call is to Nathan’s firm. Nathan’s knowledge and experience in handling and trying cases against these litigation savvy railroad companies gives me the confidence to know that the clients and cases I refer to him are getting the best of the best.

James PerrinLubbock, Texas

I have had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Nathan on several railroad crossing accidents cases. In each case, Nathan always possessed an incredible knowledge of the law and the facts, possessed a great talent for aggressive - strategic legal planning and trial tactics while, at the same time, displaying great skill as an effective negotiator. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Scott McCluenHarriman, Tennessee

Nathan Karlin has my strongest endorsement in the field of railroad crossing cases and personal injury law. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan in a complex railroad personal injury case. I was impressed by Nathan’s knowledge, his work ethic, and his dedication to the client. I look forward to working with Nathan on future injury matters. I am also aware firsthand that he has obtained excellent trial and settlement results in numerous cases involving members of the public harmed by railroad companies.

Joseph M. MillerMandeville, Louisiana

Nathan is a warrior fighting the railroads. As a fellow personal injury lawyer, I have constantly been impressed with his depth of knowledge and his capabilities from case to case. I’d take him into battle with me any day against the biggest railroads and insurance companies on the planet.

Jon C. ClarkAustin, Texas

Bob Pottroff has fought for the victims of the railroads’ callous disregard for safety more than any other attorney that I know. I should know because I am currently Chair-elect of the Railroad Section of ATLA.

Robert SchuetzeBoulder, Colorado

Mr. Pottroff has shaken the rail industry to its very roots. Settlements are now more common as a result of the way he has exposed the industry’s wrongdoing.

Mike EasleyArkansas

Bob Pottroff’s work in railroad safety law is unmatched and he has been the source of great advice and phenomenal creativity.

Roger BrownJefferson City, Missouri

In addition to his substantive contributions to railroad grade crossing safety, I have personally observed his untiring efforts and contributions to improving the integrity of the legal system.

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