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Fort Lauderdale Train Accidents Lawyer

The train is a popular way to get around in South Florida. The Amtrak/Tri-Rail system runs right through Fort Lauderdale, with a station on Southwest 21st Terrace. Traveling by train is a pleasant and affordable way to get from Fort Lauderdale to other cities, from nearby Orlando to cross-country destinations like Las Vegas. Unfortunately, not every train trip ends well for passengers. Some result in serious injuries and even fatalities. If you are the victim of a train accident, the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs has Fort Lauderdale train accident attorneys who can help you understand and protect your rights. Before you say yes to an insurance settlement agreement, give us a call.

Common Causes of Florida Train Accidents

Like most accidents, the main perpetrator behind train accidents in Florida is negligence. Trains are safe and effective locomotives when people properly construct, maintain, and operate them. It is when someone fails to fulfill his or her duties of care that preventable injuries occur. At our law firm, we’ve helped clients work through several types of train accident claims, from trip and falls at train platforms to cars derailing. We’ve come to expect a few common reasons behind train accidents in Fort Lauderdale, including:

  • Negligent operators or staff members. If your injury occurred because the train driver was speeding, took a turn too quickly, came to a sudden stop, derailed the train, or crashed the vehicle, you could have a lawsuit against the individual and/or the train company. For the most part, train companies are vicariously liable for the actions of their conductors, controllers, and other staff members.
  • Inadequate train inspections, maintenance, or repairs. Locomotives require regular maintenance to operate safely and perform up to code. Failure to maintain trains or inspect them before boarding passengers can lead to harmful breakdowns and equipment malfunctions on route. These types of accidents generally point to train company liability for lack of proper vehicle care.
  • Unsafe premises. Some accidents on a train or at the station occur because of dangerous premises. Examples include elevator and escalator accidents, slip and falls, violent assaults, struck by a train, or exposure to harmful chemicals. It is up to the train company to ensure safe and secure stations. They must keep the area free from hazards and hire adequate security to protect passengers from foreseeable injuries.
  • Defective train part or component. Sometimes train accidents happen because of a malfunctioning vehicle component. While inadequate maintenance might play a role with part failure, it could also be the liability of a product manufacturer if the piece had a defect or design flaw that caused the accident.

Work with a Fort Lauderdale train accident attorney to discuss what might have caused your recent train or train station accident in Fort Lauderdale. While no one can guarantee a passenger’s safety, all parties involved must do their parts to reasonably prevent harm under the circumstances. Our team can access the train’s “black box,” or the device that records vital information about the locomotive, such as the speed of the train and how the conductor used the brakes. This is just one of the ways we could help your case. Start with a free case evaluation at our local Fort Lauderdale law office.

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