Many people take the train every day. Because this is such a normal part of our day-to-day lives, it easy to overlook the dangers while we rush to and from work, school, and other everyday activities. But, train accidents do occur, and they can cause life-altering injuries. As a result, it is important to know more about train accidents, how they happen, and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on for more information about train accidents in Maryland.
How do Train Accidents Occur?
Train accidents are not very common, but when they do occur, their results can be devastating. The majority of train accidents are caused by:
- Stalled cars on the track
- Unprotected railroad crossings
- Traincrew or operators working while intoxicated
- Mechanical failures
- Defective tracks
- Loose screws and bolts in tracks
- Misaligned tracks
- Negligent train conductors
- Traincrew or operators falling asleep on the job
What do I do if I am Injured in a Train Accident?
If you are injured in a train accident, you may deserve compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you must fulfill the burden of proof. You can do this by taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, you should seek medical attention right away. Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. This will allow you to obtain proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Be sure to contact an experienced attorney and file your personal injury claim on time.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Train Accident in Maryland?
Generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is three years from the date of the accident. However, if you plan on filing a lawsuit with the Maryland Transit Administration, you will have to file what is known as a Notice of Claim within one year of your accident. This will notify the administration that you plan to take legal action. If you wait any longer than one year, you will most likely be denied your right to sue.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident in Maryland, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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