In South Florida, railroads such as the Brightline are beginning to emerge as viable transportation alternatives. With the increase in passenger railroad traffic has come an increase in accidents to passengers, pedestrians and drivers of vehicles at railroad crossings.
Railroad operators owe a duty of care to passengers, railroad employees, drivers and passengers of other vehicles near the railroad, and pedestrians and bystanders.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, railroad crossing accidents are the greatest cause of fatalities and injuries in the railroad industry. It is the railroad’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate signals and gates at railroad crossings to avoid serious accidents and injuries. If the railroad fails to provide adequate warnings, they can be held liable for any injury or death that occurs as a result.
Railroads also owe a legal duty to take reasonable security measures to prevent serious injury to invitees on trains and at stations. A breach by the railroad operator in exercising such a duty of care can give rise to a claim for negligent security.
The Goldberger Firm fights for train accident victims to ensure they get the compensation they deserve.
Contact the Goldberger Firm today to speak to South Florida Train Accident Attorney Matthew A. Goldberger.