How do train accidents occur in Tampa?
Trains operate in Tampa and throughout Florida. Perhaps the most visible and well-known train is that operates in this area is Amtrak. Tampa’s Union Station regularly serves Amtrak trains that are traveling throughout the state of Florida and the rest of the southeastern United States. Union Station in Tampa serves more than 100,000 Amtrak passengers each year. In addition to Amtrak passenger trains, the following rail companies also operate in and around the Tampa area:
- CSX Transportation
- South Florida Regional Transit Authority
- Florida East Coast Railway, LLC
- Central Florida Rail Corridor
- Norfolk Southern Railway Company
- South Central Florida Express, Inc.
- Seminole Gulf RR
There are various ways that train accidents can occur in and around the Tampa area. When many people think of train accidents, they think of a train versus vehicle collision. When we look at data provided by Operation Lifesaver, an organization dedicated to rail safety education, we can see that Florida ranks third out of every state in the nation when it comes to total collisions involving vehicles versus trains. Collisions involving trains and vehicles have various causes, including train derailments, stalled vehicles on the train tracks, train signal defects, faulty railroad crossings, and more.
However, there are various other ways that injuries can occur aside from vehicle versus train collisions. This can include the following:
- Train derailments
- Train conductor errors
- Collisions with other trains
- Mechanical failures
- Problems with the train track
Most common train accident injuries
When most people think about train accident injuries, they think of those that are traumatic in nature. To that end, it is not uncommon for a Tampa train accident lawyer to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputations or crush wounds
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations
In addition to injuries caused by train collisions, passengers can also sustain injuries in and around the train, including injuries caused by slip and fall incidents, poor vehicle maintenance, food poisoning, etc.
What parties could be held liable in a Tampa train accident?
Anytime a train accident occurs, there may be various parties that could be held liable for injuries and damages. This can include the following:
- The owner or operator of the train
- The owner or operator of the tracks
- The company more agency responsible for maintaining the tracks
- Anyone responsible for crossing gate or train signal maintenance
- The city or municipality where they train collision occurred
- Other vehicles that may have caused the train collision
- Companies or manufacturers in the event a faulty product causes a collision
What if you are an injured railway worker?
Railroad workers can also sustain injuries in the event a collision occurs or due to an incident on the train itself. The process by which injured rail workers receive compensation will differ from typical workers’ compensation claims. The process will also differ from the way that injured passengers receive compensation. Injured railroad workers will need to work through the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) to recover the compensation they are entitled to. If you are an injured railroad worker, please contact our Tampa train accident lawyers for further assistance with your case.
How long do you have to file a train accident claim?
Every state is responsible for setting a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, for personal injury cases. In Florida, the personal injury statute of limitations is four years from the date the injury occurs. If you are a passenger or other party injured due to the negligence of a train operator, you have a four-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party.
What kind of compensation is available for these cases?
In the event you are injured due to the negligent actions of a train owner or operator, you may be entitled to various types of compensation under Florida law. Tampa train accident lawyer Paul Rebein is regularly able to help personal injury victims recover the following types of compensation in these cases:
- Coverage of all train accident-related medical bills
- Compensation for any future medical costs
- Coverage of any physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Emotional distress damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
Contact us for a free consultation of your care
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury due to a train accident caused by the negligence of another party, seek legal assistance immediately. There is no doubt that you will receive a larger settlement for your case if you have quality legal representation from an attorney with experience handling Tampa train accidents. Paul Rebein will conduct a full investigation into your case in order to secure the compensation you need. Contact our Tampa train accident lawyers for a free consultation of your case today.