Train Accident Attorneys in Waldorf
Serving Maryland & Washington, DC
Were you injured in a train accident as a passenger or a motorist struck by the train? Did you lose a loved one in a catastrophic train wreck in Maryland? You have legal options to seek compensation and closure. Let Farmer & Klopfer guide you through the process of filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Ever since we opened our doors in 1978, our law firm has handled all sorts of difficult injury claims for people in our communities, including train accident cases that other law firms turn away due to their complexity. When we are working with a client, we are known for our attention to detail and genuine compassion. When we are dealing with an insurance company, though, we switch gears and become legal fighters famous for our aggression in and out of court. You deserve a legal team that takes your case to heart, and that’s exactly what we do when you hire us.
Train Derailments & Vehicle Collisions
There are two common reasons for train accident claims:
- Derailments: When a passenger train derails, it can cause catastrophic injuries to everyone aboard. It is not uncommon for survivors to suffer from back, neck, and head injuries, which may result in permanent complications like a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or paralysis. As a passenger on a train, you have the right to assume it will reach its destination without danger. If it derails due to the conductor causing the train to speed or poor track maintenance, then you can file a claim for compensation against the train company and/or the railway group responsible for the damaged part of the track.
- Vehicle collisions: Were you driving your vehicle when you were hit by a train without warning? Let us file a lawsuit against the liable parties and on your behalf. All railroad crossings should have warning gates that prevent you from getting too close to the tracks when a train is approaching. Defects in the gate could cause it to fail, though, and not warn you. There are also some rare situations in which an approaching train has the responsibility of activating the warning gates, which means liability could be placed on the train company if the train strikes a motorist.
Inadequate Train Security
We are a personal injury law firm capable of handling all sorts of claims against railway companies, including inadequate security claims. Trains owe their passengers reasonable security accommodations to protect them from bad actors. If you were assaulted while riding a passenger train, then you can demand compensation from the train company, much like you would use a premises liability claim if you were attacked while visiting a retail store or other commercial property.
Wrongful Death Claims After Fatal Train Wrecks
Losing a loved one in a train wreck is devastating. While you take time to grieve, allow our Waldorf train accident lawyers to work on a wrongful death claim for you. Waiting too long can invalidate your chances of filing a claim and collecting fair compensation. Maryland has only a three-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, and time can pass shockingly quickly when you are focusing on grief and emotional recovery.
As your train accident wrongful death attorneys, we can seek damages to help pay for:
- Deceased’s final medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of support and companionship
- Loss of household and daily services
- Loss of income the deceased would have earned in life
Train Tickets Often Deter Injury Claimants
After purchasing a train ticket as a passenger, you might not have noticed that there is usually a block of fine print on the back of the ticket or at the bottom of the webpage if you made your purchase digitally. Hidden within this fine print might be legal language that says you waive the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the ticket provider and parent companies if you are in a train accident. Instead, you will be forced into arbitration behind closed doors, which often gives an advantage to the liable party by increasing their negotiation power.
Before you agree to confidential arbitration, allow our attorneys to review your train ticket. Overly broad waivers are used commonly by companies and corporations to deter injury claimants from suing them, but they are not foolproof. Even forced arbitration clauses that appear legally sound are sometimes successfully challenged in court and overruled by a judge. Let us help you decide what route you should take to pursue your train accident claim, whether it is arbitration, settlement mediation, or litigation.
Let’s start swinging away at your train accident claim. Call us at (301) 265-2220 now.
Whenever you are ready to start your train accident case in Waldorf, our team from Farmer & Klopfer will be ready, too. We take pride in making injury claims easier for our clients by handling all the legwork and heavy lifting for them. There’s no need to get weighed down by all of the legal details and complications when you can put our award-winning legal team to work for you.
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Showed me true dedication that goes far beyond a paycheck
“James Farmer and his team exceeded all expectations! I had a very serious criminal case and his firm was recommended to me by a family member. I was incarcerated during this time and he and his associate Stephanie came to update me on multiple occasions on the progress of my case. They were not only professional but the amount of time and energy they put into my case showed me true dedication that goes far beyond a paycheck! They prepared for trial, but in the end was able to work out a plea deal that did not include any jail time. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney. I highly recommend Mr. Farmer and his team for any criminal case!”
Truly cared about my case and how the accident affected me.
“I have used James Farmer office for two accidents I have been in; both times they were exceptional.”
He will fight for you and do whatever he can to help you
“Mr. James Farmer is a very intelligent and skilled lawyer that knows what he is doing and will go out of his way to help. I am very thankful to have had him as my attorney!! I was facing some very serious charges and with Mr. Farmers unbelievable skills, I was found not guilty on all charges. I would highly recommend Mr. Farmer to anyone who needs legal help. I cannot stress enough that he will fight for you and do whatever he can to help you. Thanks, Mr. James Farmer for all that you have done for me!! I also want to thank Patrick, Gary and his staff for their hard work, kindness, and professionalism.”
Keeps in touch with you throughout the whole process, and even after your case is over with
I just recently had James E. Farmer handle my second DUI and I received the best possible outcome I could've wished for. The judge I had could've really laid down the hammer on me but James worked his magic and did an incredible job. He knows what he is talking about and is very humble. He keeps in touch with you throughout the whole process, and even after your case is over with, and he explains everything so you know exactly what is going on. This is my first time hiring James and without a doubt, I would hire him again. He would be the first person I'd call if another legal problem should ever rise-- though I've made a promise to myself to stay away from the law as much as possible. He will be highly recommended to anyone that asks me if I know a great lawyer.”
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