Train Accidents

San Antonio Train Accident Attorney

Skilled legal representation when you’re injured in a train collision in Texas

Every day, trains carry millions of passengers across the United States. Public rail systems like Amtrak carry thousands of Americans in and out of metropolitan areas like San Antonio, and then there are the cargo trains that travel throughout cities and towns throughout the country.

Most of these trains get to their destinations safely. However, many do not. Thousands of train accidents happen every year – trains hitting vehicles at crossings, collisions with other trains, derailments, pedestrian accidents – we just don’t hear about them all. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports 44,831 accidents and incidents in 2021 with 3,421 fatalities across the country. Here in Texas, we had 3,733 accidents and incidents and 288 people lost their lives in train accidents.

At Pat Maloney: Accident & Injury Attorney, we understand the complexities of train accident claims. We understand you likely have severe injuries and need to take the time to recover from your accident. When you hire our experienced team, we will take on the day-to-day legal challenges so you can focus on healing from your injuries. With our 70 years of experience, you can rest assured we are protecting your rights and working for your best interests.

Schedule your free initial consultation with Pat Maloney: Accident & Injury Attorney when you call our offices today.

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Why do train accidents happen?

When improperly operated or maintained, trains can be deadly. Accidents can happen because of:

  • Operator negligence (fatigued, distracted, or under the influence)
  • Defective parts
  • Derailments
  • Human error
  • Improper maintenance
  • Mechanical failure
  • Track defects
  • Weather conditions
  • Obstructed tracks or roadways

It’s worth noting that many train accidents and derailments are preventable with proper safety protocols, regular maintenance, and monitoring of the tracks and equipment.

What are common injuries from train accidents?

Injuries from train accidents tend to be severe and life-altering, and can include:

These injuries can cause a lifetime of physical pain and suffering, as well as emotional anguish. Serious injuries require serious medical care and follow-up, and can even take away the ability to hold down a job or live the life you enjoyed before the accident. Our San Antonio attorney will hold all liable parties responsible and work to secure the compensation to which you are entitled for your losses.

Who is liable for my San Antonio train accident?

Determining liability in a train accident can be complex, and it will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding the accident. In Texas, as in most states, liability for a train accident may be attributed to one or more parties, including:

  • The railroad company. The railroad company may be held liable for the accident if it was caused by the negligence of its employees or if the company failed to properly maintain its tracks, equipment, or signals.
  • The train operator. If the train operator was negligent or failed to follow safety regulations, they may be held liable for the accident.
  • Other drivers or pedestrians. If the accident involved a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian, the driver or pedestrian may be held liable for the accident if their negligence contributed to it.
  • The manufacturer of the train or its parts. If the accident was caused by a defect in the train or one of its parts, the manufacturer may be held liable for the accident.
  • Government agencies. In some cases, government agencies responsible for maintaining the roadways, crossings, or signals may be held liable if they failed to take necessary precautions or maintain the infrastructure.

If you have been involved in a San Antonio train accident, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. They can help you understand your legal options, assess liability, and determine the best course of action to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

What is the value of my San Antonio train accident claim?

The value of a train accident claim can vary widely depending on several factors, including the severity of the injuries, the extent of property damage, and the impact the accident has had on the victim's life. Some of the factors that may influence the value of your train accident claim include:

  • Medical expenses. This can include all costs related to your medical treatment, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.
  • Lost income. If you were unable to work as a result of the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, as well as any future earning potential you have lost.
  • Property damage. If your vehicle or other property was damaged in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and suffering. This can include compensation for physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident and its aftermath.
  • Disability or disfigurement. If the accident has caused permanent disability or disfigurement, you may be entitled to compensation for the impact this has had on your life.

The best way to determine the potential value of your train accident claim is to consult with an experienced San Antonio train accident lawyer. They can help you understand the types of damages you may be entitled to and can help you navigate the legal process to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Do you have a train accident attorney near me?

Pat Maloney: Accident & Injury Attorney is located at 239 E Commerce St. in the center of Downtown San Antonio, TX. We are the owner of one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in San Antonio. There’s plenty of parking nearby. If you cannot travel, we can arrange a phone or video conference, or an in-hospital visit.

San Antonio train accident lawyer protecting your rights

Whether you were a passenger on a train, a railroad worker, a vehicle driver or pedestrian, a train accident can change the course of your life forever. If you suffered severe injuries in a train collision or derailment, talk to the San Antonio injury attorney at Pat Maloney: Accident & Injury Attorney. We can put our vast network of resources to work for you immediately to launch an investigation, identify all liable parties, and help secure maximum compensation for your injuries. Call our offices or fill out our contact form for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation today.