Your Florida Railroad Disasters Law Firm
Railroad companies have an obligation to keep passengers and the public safe from harm. When they fulfill their responsibilities, railroad accidents are rare. When they breach their duty to keep people safe, however, the consequences can be dire.
In the last few years, because of the economic downturn, corporate budgets were slashed and many railroad companies searched for ways to improve their bottom line. Unfortunately, when this happens, safety can suffer. Because of downsizing, employees may be spread too thin, and company cutbacks on safety measures put passengers at risk of serious injury or death.
Railroad accidents have been on the decline in the United States since 1972, when the number of collisions between trains and motor vehicles had surged to about 12,000 annually.
- In 2010, there were 11,434 railroad-related accidents that resulted in 7,730 injuries and 937 deaths. While total accidents and injuries continued a several-year decline, fatalities increased by more than 100 over 2017 and 2018.
- Railroad accident deaths in Florida have increased dramatically since Brightline began operating between Miami and West Palm Beach. There were two fatalities attributed to Brightline in 2017, eight in 2018, then nearly one a month in 2019.
Despite this decline, when a railroad disaster does happen, a large number of passengers can be killed or injured. If you or a family member is one of them, you will need an experienced Florida railroad disaster law firm to gather the evidence, cut through the red tape, and help you seek recovery for your losses.
Railroad Disaster Attorneys with Experience You Need
In their more than 40 years of practice, the railroad disaster attorneys at Searcy Denney have experience pursuing justice in catastrophic railroad accidents. In one case involving a husband and father killed in a railroad accident, our legal team proved that the railroad company blatantly disregarded passenger safety. With the help of our Florida personal injury law firm, the man’s widow sued the railroad company and was awarded $56 million in damages for her and her children’s loss. She received Florida’s largest ever punitive damage award for a case involving a single death.
Because each case is unique, our personal injury lawyers give each client their undivided attention. We understand that time is of the essence, and we will begin immediately to investigate the cause of your railroad accident. We know that while financial compensation cannot undo the damage caused by a railroad disaster, it can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. So, once we have prepared your case, if it is not resolved through settlement, we do not hesitate to take it to trial and serve as your voice in the courtroom.
Florida Railroad Disaster Lawyers Available for Free Consultation
If you or a family member should be involved in a railroad accident, our personal injury lawyers stand ready to discuss your potential claim. Please complete our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-780-8607 for a free, confidential consultation.