Train & Monorail Accident Lawyer in Las Vegas
There are approximately 3,000 train and monorail accidents in the US that result in 1,000 deaths annually. Even a relatively ‘minor’ train accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or death to passengers, due to the large size and weight of the locomotive and cars.
A train accident case in Las Vegas could be worth many millions of dollars because of state (NRS: Chapter 705) and federal laws. Trains and monorails are defined legally as ‘common carriers.’ This means they owe passengers the highest duty of care. The train company is mandated to use the most attention and diligence possible to prevent injuries or deaths.
Nevada courts have frequently interpreted this standard to mean even a small lapse in care can make the train or monorail company legally responsible for injuries that are due to that small lapse.
Also, a train operator or employee can be held liable for an accident in these ways:
- Not cleaning up a slippery floor that causes passengers to fall.
- Not maintaining a train door that shuts too hard.
- Not repairing problems with railroad tracks, which can include the actual train, debris or poor signage warning passenger vehicles about track dangers.
Train and Monorail Accident Victims
Train and monorail accidents can involve anywhere from one to hundreds of people.
For instance, a single person can slip from a platform and be run over by the train. Or, a passenger train can derail and injure or kill dozens of people. In other cases, a train derailment can lead to a major chemical spill that can injure or kill many people in the surrounding community.
Whatever the type of train or monorail accident, if you have been injured, you need the services of a skilled Las Vegas personal injury law firm to obtain financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
Train accident victims may include:
- Train or monorail passengers
- Bystanders and pedestrians
- Drivers and passengers of automobiles
- Railroad employees
Common Types of Train and Monorail Accidents
Railroad crossing accidents
Railroad crossing accidents may involve cars, trucks or SUVs being hit by a train, or pedestrians being run over. In some railroad crossing accidents, the railroad and/or operator could be held negligent in a personal injury lawsuit for these reasons:
- Railroad crossing signals or gates are defective
- Train fails to sound a horn at an appropriate time when approaching the railroad crossing
- Train does not use their lights when approaching a railroad crossing
- The train is parked to close to a railroad crossing
- A railroad crossing is obstructed by trees, brush or plants
- Object is protruding from the train or monorail
A train or monorail derailment can cause catastrophic damage and injuries. Train derailments are nearly always due to the company or operator not properly following safety rules. They also can be caused by:
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- Train tracks are damaged, faulty or poorly designed
- Obstacles are on train tracks
- Train or monorail equipment is faulty
- Train is overloaded
Some train or monorail accidents do not involve a collision or derailment. A pedestrian may slip and fall under the train and be killed. In certain circumstances, liability for such a tragedy could lie with railroad or operator. A skilled and aggressive Las Vegas personal injury attorney should be consulted to determine if there is a viable civil action.
Hurt in a Train or Monorail Accident? Contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a train or monorail accident, you may be confronted with injuries that are debilitating for months, years or even life. Medical costs skyrocket rapidly with serious train and monorail injuries, plus you likely are unable to work and earn a living.
The experienced counsel with LV Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you receive compensation. If the train or monorail operator (or company) was negligent, you may be entitled to financial restitution for your harms and losses.
Please contact our Las Vegas accident attorneys today for a free, confidential case review.