People take the train every day. In fact, many rely on the train as their main form of transportation. Because taking the train is such a normal part of our everyday lives, we often forget the dangers. Read on to learn more about train accidents in Texas and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Train Accidents Occur?
Luckily, train accidents are not very common. But, when they do occur, they can cause serious, life-altering injuries. Most accidents are due to human negligence or product malfunctions. The majority of accidents are a result of:
- Doors closing too soon
- Sudden stops
- Operator negligence
- People being dragged under the trail
- Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
- Obstructed walkways
- Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor security
- Broken escalators
- Broken stairs or platforms
- Poor lighting
- Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform due to ice or snow
If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, it is important to obtain evidence of this negligence. Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure to take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, be sure to obtain the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
What is a Notice of Claim?
In Texas, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. But, train accidents can be more complicated. This is because they may involve a government entity. If you intend to take legal action against the government, you will have to file a Notice of Claim. A Notice of Claim will inform the entity of your intent to sue. You will generally have six months from the date of the accident to file your Notice of Claim. Failing to file in time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident in Texas, contact our firm today. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through all of your personal injury matters, every step of the way.
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We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.