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Injured In A California Train Accident? Trust Your Claim To A Seasoned Litigator.

Trains play a crucial role in California’s transportation and shipping industries. Whether transporting goods or getting people around, trains are a familiar part of life in the Tri-County Area. Unfortunately, they also pose a danger. Depending on the circumstances, train accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or death.

If you’ve been hurt in a train accident or lost someone you love, it’s important to discuss your legal options with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Law Offices of John H. Howard in Oxnard. we bring more than four decades of legal experience to each case as well as a strong track record of success. Our firm has secured over 20 million dollar or more settlements and verdicts for those who have been hurt by the negligence of others.

Train Accidents And Injuries Take Many Forms

Accident risks occur everywhere that trains carry passengers and everywhere they intersect with other forms of transportation. Common examples include:

  • Collisions between a commuter train and freight train due to confusion about right of way
  • Trains striking and injuring or killing pedestrians
  • Collisions between trains and cars and railroad crossings due to malfunctioning signals or other problems.
  • Injuries suffered by passengers in train derailments
  • Accidents and injuries occurring when passengers are boarding or exiting light rail trains

We are able to represent individual plaintiffs or groups of plaintiffs injured in the same accident. If you were hurt in a train accident and want to know if you may have an actionable claim, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation with our firm.

Who Is Liable After A Train Accident?

Determining liability for a train accident can be complex. In many cases, more than one party can be held accountable. Parties that may be the target of a lawsuit include:

  • The train operator (whether that’s a private company or a government agency)
  • The track owners
  • A company that manufactured faulty train equipment
  • A company contracted to maintain and repair train components

Our litigation history includes extensive experience going after public entities such as cities, Amtrak, Metrolink, Caltrans and Union Pacific. These cases often involve significant investigation (both governmental and private), an in-depth understanding of regulations at all levels, coordination with witnesses and accident reconstruction experts and more.

Many law firms are simply not up to the challenge, but we am. While we often represent clients independently, attorney Howard also works in an of counsel capacity with the law firm of Lowthorp Richards LLP. This ensures that our clients have access to additional legal minds and resources, when needed or warranted.

Time May Be Limited

If your train accident means you’ll be suing a government entity, you likely have just six months from the time of the crash to take legal action. Therefore, you should contact an attorney as soon as reasonably possible. The Law Offices of John H. Howard offers complimentary initial consultations to clients throughout Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. We also accept cases nationwide. To schedule a consultation, call our Oxnard office at 805-309-9296 or reach out online.