Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”
Various types of trains run through or near Charlotte and other parts of North Carolina. One of the most popular passenger railroad services is Amtrak and the Lynx Light Rail, which take you all around Charlotte.
Besides passenger trains, you may also encounter freight trains that run through the state carrying different types of products. Hundreds of miles of train tracks throughout North Carolina make it nearly impossible to avoid coming in contact with trains. You can become the victim of a train accident injury if you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or a driver of a motor vehicle.
Charlotte Pedestrian Struck by a Lynx Train
A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a Lynx train in South End. The railroad accident occurred near Carson Station on February 25, according to WCNC. The pedestrian was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the report, the Lynx Blue Line was single-tracking around the station due to the accident, potentially causing delays both ways.
Causes of Train Accidents in Charlotte, N.C.
Train accidents involving Amtrak or the Lynx Light Rail can be caused by a number of factors. Regardless of whether you were in a train-pedestrian or train-vehicle collision, a derailment, or any other kind of incident, a Charlotte train accident attorney can help investigate your collision and determine liability to obtain compensation on your behalf.
Common causes of train accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere in North Carolina include:
- Failure to properly maintain a crossing
- Poorly maintained trains or tracks
- Mechanical failure on a train
- Crossing signal defects or lack of warnings at a railroad crossing
- Failure to remove obstacles on the tracks or vegetation that obstruct pedestrians’ or motorists’ view of oncoming trains
- Failure to sound the horn of approaching trains
- Not slowing the train when approaching crossings, residential areas, and other high-risk locations
- Improper or inadequate construction of railroad crossings;
- Track switch failure
- Miscommunication among railroad employees
Previously, we discussed what to do if your car was stuck on the railroad tracks in North Carolina.
Seeking Compensation After a Charlotte Train Accident
After a railroad accident, you need to determine liability to seek compensation for your injury. Given that there can be different causes of train accidents, several parties could be held liable for compensating for your injuries.
If your train accident was caused by a railroad engineer, conductor, operator, or any other employee, you might be able to sue the railroad company to recover damages. If your train accident injury was caused by a Lynx employee’s negligence, you might get compensated by suing the Charlotte Area Transit System.
Depending on the nature of your train accident, you may be able to sue several parties. For example, if the accident occurred due to defective or improperly maintained railroad tracks, you may be able to sue the company maintaining the tracks as well as the Charlotte Area Transit System if a Lynx employee in any way contributed to the crash.
Speak with our Charlotte train and railroad accident attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to identify responsible parties and obtain financial compensation. Call at (704) 370-2828 to review your case.
If your family member was a victim of medical neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or the nursing home failed to provide proper assistance, speak with our lawyers to discuss your options. Call us now at 704-370-2828 to speak with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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