Trains remain vitally important to America’s economy, thanks to their ability to mass transport goods and passengers across the country. Georgia is home to one of the largest railway systems in the U.S., with more than 5,000 miles of train tracks in the state. With such an extensive system, it’s no surprise that the Peach State is the setting for occasional train accidents. These accidents endanger the lives of railway workers, train passengers, and innocent bystanders. Trust Butler Wooten & Peak LLP with your personal injury claim after a harmful train accident in Georgia.
Trains are common carriers under federal law, or entities that transport goods or people for money. Common carriers owe special duties of care to passengers, such as daily maintenance routines and cargo loading rules. Georgia train companies should know and obey these rules at all times. Breaking any of the common carrier standards, resulting in an accident, is negligence. The first step in pursuing compensation for this negligence is assigning fault, or determining the defendant. Defendants in a train accident case can include:
Third-party liability is also a possibility in train accidents. For example, a motor vehicle driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed into an oncoming train, causing it to derail. In this example, injured train passengers may be able to take their claims up with the individual driver’s insurance company. An attorney can help you identify the defendant(s) and gather any applicable evidence for a timely filing of your claim in Atlanta.
Train accidents can cause significant injuries to all involved. Physical injuries can span the gamut from broken bones to spinal cord damage – not to mention the emotional and mental effects of a traumatic crash. Retain attorneys you can trust in Atlanta to pursue the compensation you deserve with vigor. Come to Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Contact our attorneys in Atlanta to get started with a train accident claim.