Newport Beach Train Accident Attorneys
Newport Beach Train Accident Attorneys
The last thing a person expects to happen when boarding a train is to be involved in a serious wreck. The truth, however, is that nearly 16 people are killed by trains every day in the United States. Some are pedestrians; others are train passengers, and still others are occupants of smaller vehicles. Our train accident attorneys in Newport Beach are proud to help victims and their families fight for the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Railroad companies and train equipment manufacturers have the means to challenge any lawsuit brought against them. When faced with an accident claim, they invest considerable money and resources into defending their bottom line. Our lawyers will level the playing field and do everything in their power to get you fairly compensated. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free consultation.
Should I Consult an Attorney Before Speaking to the Insurance Company?
Absolutely yes. Everything you say from the moment the accident happens to the day your claim is resolved could impact the outcome of your case. This is especially true regarding the statements you provide to the insurance company. Make no mistake—the insurance adjuster is not on your side. They might seem to have your best interests at heart, but adjusters are tasked with finding reasons to dispute claims. Even if you are careful about what you say, you may inadvertently provide a statement that can be used to challenge liability, causation, or damages. Our train accident lawyers in Newport Beach are well-versed in the tactics used by insurance companies to deny and undervalue claims. The moment you hire us for representation, we will take over all correspondence with the insurer. Claims adjusters are well aware that the vast majority of personal injury victims are not familiar with the statutes and case law that pertain to their claim. For this reason, they often try to get a recorded statement within just a few days of an accident—before the victim has had a chance to retain a lawyer. Getting our legal team involved from day one will send a message to the insurer—that you are taking the proceedings seriously and you won’t settle for anything less than you deserve. Our Newport Beach train accident attorneys can also help you avoid errors and oversights early in the proceedings that would harm your case down the road. Even if you don’t give a recorded statement to the insurance company, there are all sorts of mistakes you could make that would jeopardize your claim. For instance, putting off your medical evaluation for just a few days may be interpreted by the insurance company as a sign that your injuries aren’t that serious, or as evidence that you have failed to mitigate your damages. Another common error made by accident victims is posting about the incident on social media. Your digital content will likely be admissible in court, so it’s best to limit your use of social networking sites, or preferably to disable your accounts while your case is pending. As a client of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, you will benefit from having a highly experienced attorney providing invaluable guidance throughout the claims process. To protect your rights, you should schedule the free consultation as soon as possible. There’s no cost for speaking to a member of our team, which means you will get sound legal advice without making any upfront payments or signing any contracts.
What Kinds of Damages Might Be Included in the Settlement?
The term “damages” refers to the losses caused by a tort. The purpose of filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim—which are both kinds of “tort claims”—is to recover damages. After a train accident, there are many kinds of damages that might be available to victims and their families. Examples include:
- Medical bills;
- Loss of income;
- Property damage;
- Other economic damages;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Pain and suffering.
It may also be possible for your spouse to recover compensation for loss of consortium, depending on the nature of your injuries. And if the party that caused the crash acted with malice, oppression, or fraud, punitive damages might be available. Our train accident attorneys will perform a detailed investigation to account for all the damages you might be owed.
Contact Our Office to Set up a Free Consultation with a Newport Beach Train Accident Lawyer
A member of our team can come to you if you are unable to come to our office for the consultation. You can reach us by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-GO-HARRIS. You can also send us a message on our Contact Page. The case review is free, and we accept train accident claims on a contingency fee basis.