Although massive train wrecks are relatively rare, accidents can and do happen. Sadly, train passengers, railroad workers, motor vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and others involved in these accidents tend to suffer severe, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. When a train accident happens, surviving victims and the families of those wrongfully killed could be entitled to financial compensation for their losses.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we know that no amount of money can make up for the trauma you have endured. However, our North Dakota train accident attorneys firmly believe that you deserve justice, and we know how a fair settlement or verdict can provide the resources you need to heal.
Since 1909, our firm has been fighting for the rights of ordinary individuals and families, protecting their rights against the interests of major railroad companies and insurance providers. We have earned a reputation for being one of the toughest law firms in the state, and our aggressive approach to client advocacy has helped us secure favorable results for thousands of clients over the years. If you or someone you love was involved in a train accident in Minot, Grand Forks, Bottineau, or any of the nearby areas, turn to our team right away to learn how we can help.
Common Types of Train Accidents
There are countless types of train and train-related accidents, all of which can lead to serious bodily injury and death.
Some of the most common types of train accidents include:
- Collisions with other trains
- Train-motor vehicle crashes
- Accidents at railroad crossings
- Fires and explosions
- Train-pedestrian accidents
- Single-train accidents
- Mechanical failure
- On-board accidents, such as slips, trips, and falls
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we represent victims of all types of railroad accidents involving all types of trains, including commuter trains, Amtrak trains, BNSF Railway trains, local and state freighters, and more. We understand the complexities inherent in these types of cases and have successfully taken on major railroad companies on behalf of injured individuals and the surviving loved ones of those who died in train accidents across North Dakota.
How Does A Train Accident Happen?
While some accidents are truly unavoidable, most can be prevented with proper attention and care. When it comes to train accidents, negligence often plays a key role.
Specifically, some of the most common causes of train accidents in North Dakota and throughout the United States include:
- Human error/negligence
- Inexperienced operators
- Train/railroad defects
- Faulty machinery and equipment
- Excessive speeds
- Failure to follow safety standards
- Defective railroad crossings
- Negligent motorist/pedestrians
These and other factors regularly contribute to devastating accidents, resulting in significant injuries and loss of life. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we believe that negligent train operators and railroad companies should be held accountable. Our North Dakota train accident attorneys are ready to fight for justice on your behalf, as well as the maximum compensation you deserve.
Understanding FELA & Your Rights as an Injured Railroad Worker
If you or someone you love was injured on the job as a railroad worker, it is important that you understand your legal rights, including your right to compensation.
Most railroad workers are not covered by workers’ compensation. However, they are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) of 1908. To file a FELA claim, an injured railroad worker must prove that his or her employer or another party was at least partially negligent. Unlike in standard personal injury claims, the injured worker does not need to prove that the train company (or another party) was entirely at fault or even mostly at fault for the accident, only that their negligence played some role in the worker’s injury.
Filing a claim under FELA is often very complex and challenging, especially when you are already dealing with severe injuries, mounting medical bills, everyday expenses, and other hardships. Let our team at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. handle your claim and protect your rights instead. We have been representing clients in Minot, Grand Forks, Bottineau, and the surrounding areas since 1909; we have an in-depth understanding of the law and know how to aggressively advocate for our clients.
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Whether you were involved in an accident at a railroad crossing, were injured onboard, or lost a loved one in a catastrophic train wreck, our team at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. is here to provide the caring, attentive, and reliable legal support you need. We are known for our aggressive approach to litigation, as well as our long history of success in navigating complex and difficult personal injury litigation.
When you choose our team, you will be treated like family. We work closely with our clients to learn their unique challenges, needs, and goals, and we develop customized legal strategies aimed at achieving the best possible outcomes on their behalf. We do not collect any attorney fees until we secure a settlement or verdict for you, so you have nothing to lose in working with our dedicated North Dakota train accident attorneys.