Who is Liable for Florida Train Crash Injuries, Fatalities?

In cases of suicide, it’s unlikely rail operators will be found liable.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that some accidents may be caused by:

  • Conductor error (failure to switch tracks, abide speed limits, alert to rail traffic, distraction or recklessness, etc);
  • Railway negligence (malfunction of lights/cautionary devices to alert drivers/pedestrians of an approaching train);
  • Mechanical failure (faulty parts or machinery);
  • Inspection or maintenance violations (poor inspections, incomplete inspections or no inspections, as required per DOT regulation).

Fort Myers injury lawyers can explain that such causal factors can be the basis for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Yet even in situations where the distraction or error of a pedestrian or motor vehicle operator played a causal role, claims may still be worth proceeding if the railway operator or another party shared at least some responsibility.