We Fight for Train Accident Victims
Compared to automobile accidents, train accidents do not happen often, but when they do, the results are often tragic. Despite significant technological advancements in accident detection and prevention, the railroad industry has refused to adopt change.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that nearly 6,000 train-car collisions occur in the country every year. Most of these accidents occur at or near railroad crossings or are caused by derailments, leading to over 600 deaths and approximately 2,300 injuries each year. These figures can only be expected to rise with the advent of light-rail systems in populated metro areas.
How We Can Help After a Train Accident
Train accidents can be caused by many factors: human error, mechanical failure, track problems, and inadequate signage and safety equipment near a crossing. The skilled attorneys at Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader investigate and identify each accident’s primary cause, create a compelling reconstruction and engage the country’s top experts. Through decades of experience in litigation, we are adept at unwinding the local, state, federal, and business regulations and, ultimately, finding answers, accountability, and compensation for motorists, pedestrians, passengers, and bystanders injured or killed as a result of a railroad accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a train accident, you need a law firm that is experienced in handling railroad cases and has the necessary resources to go toe-to-toe with the large railroad corporations and their insurers.
Premier Train Accident Law Firm in the Midwest
For over forty years, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has been one of the country’s premier law firms representing people who have been catastrophically injured through the wrongful conduct of others.
Our team has a proven track record of success in representing victims of railroad accidents and their families who have suffered harm due to others’ negligent or reckless conduct. We have specialized knowledge in railroad accident cases, which requires an in-depth understanding of a myriad of local, state and federal legal principles. Our firm has close ties with those in the railroad industry, along with the accident reconstruction experts necessary to build the strongest possible case against the large railroad corporations. Our reputation and results speak for themselves.
Jury verdict for a UPS driver who sustained a brain injury when his truck was hit by a train at a crossing when the crossing lights malfunctioned
What To Expect With
Your Train Accident Case
Train and railroad accidents often share common characteristics, but our firm understands that every case, client, and family is unique. For that reason, each case at our firm starts with us getting to know you, your family and what you have lost as a result of the accident. This happens at an initial free consultation with our compassionate team of attorneys and staff.
A Team Committed to Finding Answers
Time is of the essence when it comes to railroad cases. Physical evidence from the scene, the involved locomotive, and evidence in the responsible company or entity’s possession must be preserved and evaluated to ensure you can make the strongest possible case. Experts may be required to reconstruct the accident, download and interpret any electronic control module (black box) information, comment on the standard of care for the responsible company, or evaluate you or your injured loved one for future medical care needs. Our firm will handle putting the right team of experts in place and taking the steps necessary to preserve evidence.
Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader will also investigate the existence of the insurance coverage that may be available to compensate you and your family for the personal, emotional, and financial harm sustained. Depending upon the strength of the liability and the severity of the injuries sustained, preliminary negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company may take place. Negotiations may also begin with your own insurance company to the extent any coverage may be available. Our team will handle dealing with the insurance companies and fight on your behalf so you can focus on healing and recovery. If a pre-suit settlement cannot be reached to your satisfaction, then our team will prepare and file the lawsuit. We will work with you and the experts to develop a compelling and persuasive case.
Frequently Asked Questions
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A Firm Committed To Making Railroad Crossings and Trains Safer
Train accidents are catastrophic. They involve complex issues resulting from the specialized and highly regulated nature of the passenger and freight railroad industries and, more often than not, complex medical injuries. These complexities are made worse by the potentially responsible entities, like railroad companies, who are notorious for denying responsibility.
Commonly, there are numerous potential defendants in railroad accident cases, including municipalities, governmental agencies, contractors, operators, and private companies. Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has the experience and financial resources to explore all theories of liability to maximize your recovery.
Many lawyers and law firms advertise themselves as “accident lawyers.” Many firms, however, do not have the experience, reputation, and resources to truly maximize the value of your highly complex railroad case.
Moreover, many firms handle hundreds if not thousands of accident cases at any one time, which effectively prevents them from devoting the time and resources that should be devoted to your specific and highly complex railroad case. Some of these firms have dozens of non-lawyers handling the day-to-day aspect of accident cases, and some firms have quotas about how many cases each one of their paralegals or lawyers must settle each month. These practices incentivize these firms to accept less than full value settlements. Unfortunately, most of their clients do not know any better. Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader understands your case is your only case. When we agree to represent a client or a family in a train accident case, we devote the time, resources, and expertise necessary to get the best possible result by identifying all potential avenues of recovery.