A number of accidents between commuter trains and large trucks have occurred when truck drivers fail to get their vehicles off railroad tracks in time to prevent collisions, derailment, and/or serious injury and death to train passengers. In March 2015, for example, at least 59 Amtrak passengers were injured when the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying a heavy piece of equipment could not complete a turn in time to move out of the train’s path. In June 2015, another Amtrak train collided with a large semi after the truck driver disregarded a signal indicating the train’s approach, according to police.

When train accidents are caused by these or other instances of truck-driver negligence, the drivers as well as the drivers’ employers may be held liable for accident victims’ resultant injuries or deaths. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died as a result of a train-truck collision or other truck accident caused by truck-driver negligence, The Trucking Injury Firm’s respected team of truck-injury attorneys can help you obtain the compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

Legal Liability for Truck Accident Injuries and Deaths

Drivers of semis, big-rigs, and other commercial motor vehicles (CMV) have a duty under the law to exercise reasonable care for the safety of other vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and their own passengers. This duty extends to the occupants of trains, such as the Amtrak trains involved in the above-described crashes. A truck driver’s failure to fulfill this duty of care may be considered negligence and may result in the driver’s liability for accident victims’ injuries or deaths determined to have been caused by the truck driver’s negligence. The employer of such a driver may also be found indirectly liable for such injuries or deaths if the negligent employee-driver was acting within the scope of the driver’s employment at the time the injury-causing accident occurred.

A truck driver’s negligence may be found to have occurred when a driver engages in any of a number of instances of careless or inattentive driving, and a driver’s per se negligence may occur when the driver violates Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), traffic laws, or road rules. A truck driver’s execution of a difficult and time-consuming turn directly from railroad tracks, for example, may be considered a breach of the duty of care owed to the occupants of a train that arrives before the turn is completed, while a truck driver’s failure to heed a signal warning of an approaching train may be found to constitute negligence per se on the driver’s part.

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