Amtrak Train Derails in Lakeland, Florida – Understand Your Rights

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An Amtrak train, transporting more than 170 passengers and crew members from Miami to New York, collided with a semi-truck that was parked on a railroad crossing near the intersection of Canal Street and Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida.

The impact was so forceful that the locomotive of the train was taken off the tracks, leading to a partial derailment. The semi-truck involved in the accident was hauling eight vehicles, several of which became lodged underneath the train due to the force of the collision. The accident led to a considerable disruption, with the surrounding area, including all lanes of Memorial Boulevard near the collision site, shut down.

Emergency services, including Lakeland Fire Rescue, Lakeland Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple other agencies, were quick to respond to the distress call. The injured passengers, who fortunately sustained non-critical injuries, were promptly taken to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. No fatalities have been reported at this point in time. However, many were injured, according to reports.

Post-accident, passengers and crew members were evacuated from the train and sent to the R.P. Funding Center in Lakeland to regroup. An investigation to determine the cause of the crash is ongoing, led by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The question as to why the truck was parked on the railroad crossing remains unanswered, and it’s also unclear if the stop-arm was down before the crash.

Adding to the calamity was an unknown amount of diesel fuel that leaked from the train post-collision. Lakeland Fire Rescue has indicated that the contaminated soil around the accident site may need to be removed and discarded to prevent further environmental damage.

As the authorities delve into the cause of the accident, our law firm remains committed to guiding those affected and ensuring that their rights are protected. Our investigators have launched their own investigation into the incident and we are here to help guide victims and their families who may have been injured in this incident.

Who is liable in a train accident?

Liability can rest on various parties, including the train operator, the truck driver, or the entities responsible for maintaining the railroad crossings or tracks. In this case, an investigation is underway to determine why the truck was parked on the crossing.

What should I do immediately after being injured in a train accident?

Firstly, seek immediate medical attention even if your injuries appear minor. Make sure to document any injuries you sustained and take pictures of any visible injuries. Additionally,  contact law enforcement and cooperate with them during their investigation, but refrain from making any statements related to the details of your injuries as the full extent of your injuries may not be known at this time.

Should I contact a lawyer after a train accident?

Yes. Personal injury law can be complex. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you secure the compensation you deserve.

What compensation can I seek after a train accident?

You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The amount can vary greatly depending on the severity of your injuries and other factors.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?

Under Florida law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

How can a personal injury lawyer help me after a train accident?

A personal injury lawyer can gather evidence, work with experts to recreate the accident, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary.

What should I do if the at-fault party’s insurance company contacts me?

Do not speak with them without consulting with your attorney. Anything you say could be used against you to limit your compensation.

What is the process for filing a personal injury claim?

Generally, the process begins with a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. We will evaluate your case, conduct an investigation, and negotiate with the insurance company or the at-fault party. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your attorney may recommend filing a lawsuit.

How long does it take to resolve a personal injury claim?

The timeline varies greatly. Some cases are resolved in a few months, while others can take several years. Your attorney will be able to provide you with an estimated timeline based on the specifics of your case.

While these FAQs provide some basic information, it’s crucial to remember that every case is unique. Our legal team at JustCallMoe is here to help you navigate the complexities of your personal injury claim. If you or a loved one were injured in this recent train accident, please reach out to us for a free consultation. We are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

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