Mass-transit accidents, including accidents that occur on buses, trains, and airplanes, have the potential to bring about very serious injuries and damages for accident victims. In some cases, these accidents are the fault of reckless or improperly trained drivers, operators, or pilots, but in other cases, these accidents come about as a result of someone else’s negligence.
If you have sustained serious injuries in a mass transit accident, the Richmond attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff, who specialize in personal injury law, may be able to assist you with your case. Our experienced team of attorneys will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company and help you obtain a settlement that is both favorable and fair. If the insurance company refuses to settle your case favorably, our attorneys are not afraid to litigate your case or take it to trial.
Richmond Bus Accidents
Many people use bus transportation for shopping and other travel needs. Bus accidents in the greater Richmond area may involve city buses, tour buses, school buses, charter buses, and even casino buses. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as recently as 2014, more than 240 people died in bus crashes. When a bus accident occurs as a result of operator negligence, one or more of the following may serve as the basis for the crash:
- Driver intoxication (driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
- Distracted driving (for example, improper cell phone use or texting while driving)
- Speeding or driving too fast for the weather or road conditions
- Driver inexperience
- Fatigue while driving
Richmond Train Accidents
People use train transportation for both their local and distance travel needs. Accidents on passenger trains can occur when engineers exceed the posted speed limit or operate the train while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, causing a derailment and injuries to those on board. Train accidents may also occur when trains collide with motor vehicles or pedestrians at railroad grade crossings. Railroad trains are fast and heavy, and they can take over one mile to stop. In fact, a train colliding with a motor vehicle might be compared to a car crushing a soda can. People who are crossing or walking along train tracks oftentimes do not appreciate how fast a train is approaching—that is until it is too late. Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be severe and oftentimes fatal.
Richmond Airplane Accidents
People travel in airplanes to make long-distance travel seem shorter. Richmond airplane accidents, like bus and train accidents, have the potential to result in fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Common causes of airplane accidents include:
- Pilot error
- Control tower errors
- Mechanical failure
- Contaminated fuel
- Product design defects
In airplane accident cases, a myriad of individuals could potentially be responsible, including pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers, and airplane part manufacturers or distributors.
Call a Richmond Mass-Transit Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Mass-transit accidents result in serious injuries and damages for all passengers on board. At Emroch & Kilduff, our personal injury experts can review your case and determine who may potentially be at fault. Our attorneys can take the necessary legal action to settle or litigate your case efficiently. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Richmond, Virginia mass-transit accident lawyer, please call us today at (804) 358-1568 or contact us online.