Light Rail and Train Accident Causes & Responsible Parties


Thousands of light rail and train accidents occur each year, and, unfortunately, these accidents result in serious injuries and many fatalities. When there is a light rail or train accident there are many people can be injured. These people include pedestrians, light rail commuters, transit workers, vehicle drivers, and vehicle passengers.

Although there are numerous factors that can cause these accidents, the most common causes are:

  • Negligence
  • Conductor error
  • Product Defect (i.e. mechanical failure and electrical malfunction)
  • Excessive speeds
  • Derailment
  • Collision
  • Improperly maintained tracks

Responsible Parties

There are many factors that can lead to light rail and train accidents. As such, there may be many parties responsible for the accident. Our lawyers will be able to help guide you through the complicated process of finding who is at fault for your injuries.


Here are a few examples:

  • If you as a pedestrian, a passenger in a car or bus, or a passenger on board a light rail or train were injured, you may have a claim against the conductor and railway owner.
  • If the accident occurred due to defective or malfunctioning equipment on the light rail, train, or tracks, then you may have a claim against the manufacturers of that equipment.
  • If a car driver attempted to beat the train across the tracks and caused the accident, you may have a claim against the car driver.

For information regarding the litigation process, click here. If you require more information regarding claims against public entities or government agencies, click here to learn more.

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