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Helping Victims of Railroad Accidents in Oklahoma

Train accidents are some of the most devastating and deadly events that can occur on Oklahoma’s railways and roads. These collisions are often caused by human error, lack of adequate safety measures, and even a mechanical malfunction. Due to the catastrophic nature of these accidents, they can result in severe injuries and even death.

If you or someone you love was injured in a train accident, you need a legal advocate who can fight for your rights. At Martin Jean & Jackson, we help victims of train accidents in Oklahoma City and throughout the state. Our results speak for themselves: We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to help you, too.

Call (405) 221-9699 or contact us online today to learn how we can help you recover the compensation you are owed.

Types of Train Accidents

A train accident refers to any incident involving a train that results in property damage, injuries, or fatalities. These accidents can occur due to various reasons, including mechanical failures, human error, adverse weather conditions, or external factors such as obstacles on the tracks Train accidents can occur due to various reasons, and they can result in significant damage to property, injuries, and sometimes fatalities.

Here are some common types of train accidents:

  • Derailment: This is one of the most common types of train accidents. Derailment happens when a train leaves its tracks. This can occur due to various factors such as track defects, excessive speed, mechanical failures, or obstacles on the tracks. Derailments can lead to extensive damage to the train, tracks, and nearby structures. They can also cause injuries or fatalities to passengers and crew members.
  • Collisions: Train collisions occur when two trains collide with each other. This can happen on the same track, at intersections, or at railway crossings. Collisions can result from signal errors, communication failures, or human errors such as improper switching or failure to obey signals. Collisions can cause severe damage to the trains involved, as well as injuries or fatalities to passengers and crew members.
  • Level Crossing Accidents: Level crossing accidents occur at intersections where railways and roads intersect. Vehicles or pedestrians may collide with trains at these crossings due to factors such as inadequate warning systems, obstructions, or driver negligence. Level crossing accidents can result in significant damage to vehicles, injuries, or fatalities to occupants, pedestrians, and train passengers.
  • Mechanical Failures: Mechanical failures in trains can lead to accidents. These failures may include issues with brakes, couplings, wheels, or other critical components of the train. Mechanical failures can cause derailments, collisions, or other types of accidents, resulting in property damage, injuries, or fatalities.
  • Human Error: Many train accidents are caused by human error, including mistakes made by train operators, maintenance personnel, or other staff. Human errors can range from operating trains at unsafe speeds to improper maintenance practices. Fatigue, distraction, or inadequate training can also contribute to human error-related accidents.
  • Weather-Related Accidents: Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, ice, or high winds can contribute to train accidents. These conditions can affect visibility, traction, and the stability of the tracks, increasing the risk of derailments or collisions.
  • Trespassing Accidents: Accidents involving trespassers on railway tracks can also occur. Trespassers may be pedestrians or vehicles attempting to cross the tracks illegally. These accidents can result in injuries or fatalities to trespassers as well as damage to trains.

Liability in Train Accidents

Determining liability for a train accident can be complex and depends on various factors such as the cause of the accident, applicable laws and regulations, contractual agreements, and the parties involved. Here are some parties that could potentially be held liable for a train accident:

  • Railway Companies: The companies operating the trains and managing the railway infrastructure can be held liable for train accidents if negligence on their part contributed to the incident. This includes failures in maintenance, inadequate safety protocols, or insufficient training of personnel.
  • Train Operators: The individuals responsible for operating the train may be held liable if their actions or decisions directly contributed to the accident. This could include instances of speeding, ignoring signals, or other violations of safety protocols.
  • Manufacturers: If a mechanical failure or defect in the train or its components contributed to the accident, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held liable under product liability laws.
  • Government Entities: Government agencies responsible for regulating railways and ensuring safety standards may be held liable if they failed to enforce regulations or adequately maintain railway infrastructure.
  • Contractors and Maintenance Providers: Third-party contractors or maintenance providers hired to perform maintenance or repairs on trains or railway tracks may be held liable if their negligence contributed to the accident.
  • Property Owners: In cases involving level crossing accidents or accidents caused by obstacles on the tracks, the owners of the property adjacent to the railway may be held liable if their negligence contributed to the accident.
  • Other Drivers or Pedestrians: In collisions involving trains and vehicles or pedestrians, the drivers or pedestrians may be held liable if their actions, such as ignoring warning signals or attempting to cross the tracks illegally, contributed to the accident.

Determining liability for a train accident often involves thorough investigation, expert analysis, and legal proceedings. In many cases, multiple parties may share responsibility for the accident, and liability may be apportioned accordingly based on the specific circumstances of the case.

Recovering Compensation for Train Accident Injuries

Train accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and death. As such, the damages in these cases are often very high. If you were injured in a train accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

At Martin Jean & Jackson, we understand how devastating train accidents can be. Our Oklahoma City train accident attorneys are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed to help you get back on your feet.

Contact us at (405) 221-9699 now to get started with a free consultation.

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