Hollywood FL Train Accident Attorneys

Train accidents cause immediate and extensive damage. Even though train accidents are not very common in Hollywood, FL, they occur more often than you may realize. In the United States, there is one train accident or incident every 90 minutes.

Most train accidents involve a derailment, collision of one or more trains, or a train-pedestrian collision. Most of the accidents occur due to mechanical failure, poor weather conditions, intoxicated drivers, and poorly maintained tracks.

A train driver may be held liable if they are responsible for a train accident. They are liable if they were driving too fast or intoxicated. If the train was poorly maintained, the company that owns it may be held responsible for mechanical damage. Train accidents are almost always caused by negligence on the part of the railroad company, a railroad employee, the train manufacturer, or the conductor. If you have been in a train accident Hollywood, FL, you should seek the help of an experienced Hollywood, FL, train accident attorney.

Hollywood, FL Train Accident Statistics

Florida ranks sixth among the states with the highest number of railroad crossing accidents. There were more than 460 railroad-related accidents between 2014 and 2018. About 16% of the accidents resulted in a fatality. 25% of them caused injury. It ranks 11th for states with fatal car accidents and 27th for train accidents that lead to injuries.

Some of the most common types of accidents include;

1.     Side collisions

2.     Obstruction impact

3.     Head-on collision

4.     Violent rapture

Most of the collisions are caused by negligence.

There are plenty of things that may cause train accidents. They include the following;

1.     Electrical fires

2.     Extreme wind velocity

3.     Brake defects

4.     Poorly lined switches

5.     Improper use of independent brakes

6.     Failure to prevent cars from detaching

7.     Shifting cargo loads

If the railroad tracks have a problem, it is common to have a collision.

Some of the most causes of derailment include the following;

1.     Track vandalism

2.     Poor track alignment

3.     Missing joint bolts

4.     A broken switch point

5.     Presence of mud, snow, or ice on the track

6.     Broken rail bases

Who Gets into These Accidents?

Most of the fatal accidents in Hollywood, FL involve pedestrians, school buses, and motorcycles. One of the most common causes of the problem is drivers and pedestrians failing to give the right-of-way to trains at crossings.

If you have been involved in a train accident, Hollywood, FL, you should seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Accidents caused by negligence can be aggravating because they are easy to prevent. Railroad companies have the responsibility to inspect their rails. If they fail, you can hold them liable.

Pottroff & Karlin LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve. We commit more than 90% of our caseload to railroad-related and train accidents. Our main concern is family safety so we do not handle the claims of railroad employees. We focus solely on public safety. We are recognized nationally as we can handle some of the most complex cases.

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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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