Eisenberg Law Group

Accident Attorneys

Train Accident Lawyer Los Angeles

Each year, there are approximately 3,000 railroad accidents, which lead to around 1,000 deaths. Because a train is so much larger and heavier than a traditional automobile, most train accidents result in debilitating injury or death. Due to the large number of people involved and the complex laws and regulations surrounding train accident lawsuits, it is essential to work with an attorney who specializes in train accidents.

What Causes Train Accidents?

The following are common factors associated with train accidents:

  • Derailments, which can be caused by objects on the tracks, excessive weight on board, defects in the tracks, or a mechanical issue or failure
  • Two trains colliding with each other
  • A car, bus, or truck getting struck while crossing railroad tracks
  • A train colliding with a car that is crossing or parked on the tracks

When Can You Take Legal Action?

In California, you are required to file a lawsuit within two years of the date that the train accident occurred.  However, if you were injured by a government entity or anyone acting on behalf of a government entity, you are required to file a Claim for Damages within six months of the date of the accident.

Since many trains are operated by government entities, it is essential that you act quickly in securing an attorney and filing your claim.  If you do not file a claim against the responsible government agency within six months, you may be forever barred from bringing a claim.

What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a Train Accident Case?

Under California law, if you have been injured in a train accident you can recover two different categories of damages: Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages.

Economic Damages include the following:

  • Property damage (damage to your car and personal belongings)
  • Loss of earnings (money lost due to time off from work)
  • Medical bills and expenses (past and future)
  • Medication expenses (past and future)
  • Expenses for medical equipment such as a wheelchair, cane, or brace
  • Rental car expenses
Non-Economic Damages include the following:
  • Physical pain
  • Mental suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Anxiety
  • Inconvenience
  • Grief
  • Humiliation
  • Emotional distress

Under California law, if you have been injured in a train accident, you are entitled to be compensated for each and every item of damage described above.  More importantly, you are entitled to recover both past and future non-economic damages.  At Eisenberg Law Group, we know how to maximize the value of each item of damage so that your recovery is as large as possible.

Don’t allow the insurance company to minimize your claim.  Make sure that you have an attorney that knows how to recover the maximum amount for each and every item of damage allowed under California law.

What Should I Do at the Scene of a Train Accident?

In order to preserve critical evidence and prepare yourself to maximize your compensation after a train accident, take the following steps:

  1. Make sure that everyone is ok. If anyone needs emergency medical attention, immediately call 9-1-1.
  2. Report the accident to the police and request that they prepare a Traffic Collision Report. Make sure to get the Traffic Collision Report number.
  3. Gather the information (names, driver’s licenses, insurance companies, insurance policy numbers, vehicle makes and models, and license plates) of all drivers and vehicles involved in the collision. Taking photographs of this information will work well.
  4. Take down the name of the agency operating the train (ex: Metro, Amtrak), the line number, the train number, the train operator’s name, and the train operator’s badge number.
  5. Gather the names and contact information (phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses) of any and all witnesses to the accident.
  6. Take photographs of the scene of the collision, including where the vehicles ended up, damage to the vehicles, the nearest intersection, and traffic control signals.
  7. Take photographs of your injuries.
  8. Call our office for a FREE, no obligation consultation.

Why Choose Eisenberg Law Group as Your Train Accident Attorney?

At Eisenberg Law Group, we’ve been successfully practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years, including the handling of many train accident cases. Gary started by working for insurance companies, which gives him a unique insight into how the insurance industry operates.  At every step of the way, the insurance companies will try to minimize your claim and take money out of your pocket.  We use our unique experience and skills to maximize the value of your case and to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your train accident case.

When you choose Eisenberg Law Group as your Los Angeles train accident attorneys, we will fight for you, employ effective strategies to prove your case, and get you maximum compensation for your claim.

When you work with Eisenberg Law Group, you will benefit from our emphasis on these fundamental cornerstones of our practice:

Personalized service: You can contact our attorneys directly at any time to discuss the details of your case. We will never route you to assistants or recorded messages. As a family-owned law firm, we combine the expertise and experience of larger firms with the friendly feel of a smaller law office.

Proven results: We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of catastrophic personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Our team works hard to recover the maximum compensation available by law. Our success rates—both in and out of court—speak for themselves.

Risk-free representation: Consultations are always free, and you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we win your case

Don't Wait to Protect Yourself

If you’ve been involved in a train accident that was no fault of your own, don’t let time slip away from you. It’s critical that you act quickly in securing quality representation. Contact Eisenberg Law Group today to get back on the path to physical and financial wellness, while helping to support your family members and anyone else who has been affected by the collision. You’ll pay nothing until we win your case.

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