Sacramento Train Accident Lawyer


Train accidents are devastating and can often cause serious injuries or death. The size of the trains and the speeds at most travel often result in a greater impact during a collision. Being injured in an accident involving a train is bound to leave injured victims with catastrophic injuries and high medical expenses.

You may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses if you have been injured while riding a train or hit by one in Sacramento. An experienced Sacramento train accident lawyer at can help you receive maximum compensation to cover your accident-related injuries. Call one of our injury attorneys at (916) 921-6400 for a free case evaluation.

Common Causes of Train Crossing Accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation and volunteer organizations promote law enforcement efforts and public awareness regarding railroad crossing safety and proper behavior around railroad operations. One cause of railroad crossing accidents is collisions between motor vehicles at or near a crossing train. Cars can become stuck at crossroads due to faulty signals or gates or sometimes due to driver confusion.

Other causes of collisions at train crossings are breaking failures on trains, and excessive speed, which can cause trains to approach crossings too fast and collide with other trains on the tracks. In addition to collisions with other light rails and vehicles, trains speeding through railroad crossings or approaching crossings that lack proper gates and/or signals can cause pedestrians and passengers to board and exit the trains. These accidents result in devastating injuries and fatalities.

Train Accident Statistics

Although the number of deaths and injuries caused by railroad crossings has decreased in the past two decades, over 250 people are still killed annually, with more than 900 injured at railroad crossings.

Recent railroad crossing accidents in California have prompted federal lawmakers to introduce legislation to increase federal funding for railroad crossing improvements and re-routings. 

The Oxnard accident in California in February 2015 occurred at a location where a fatal accident had occurred the year before. In fact, five other accidents have happened at that same site since 2008. The site combines a railroad crossing with a road intersection, and state and local leaders have called for an overpass to avoid the hazards that have led to accidents over the years.

The short news clip below describes the train crash in Oxnard.

California's Applicable Law

According to California law concerning railway crossings, the following are applicable:

  • All school buses and most commercial vehicles, including those carrying hazardous or flammable materials, must come to a full stop at least 15 feet before crossing a railroad track. Trucking companies consider it a federal offense to instruct employees not to perform this required stop.
  • It is a misdemeanor for anyone to trespass on or close to railroad tracks or propels a vehicle along them.
  • No vehicle may park or come to a full stop on a railroad track or within seven and a half feet of a rail.
  • Motor vehicles can only cross a railroad if there is sufficient room on the other side of the tracks to allow the light rail to pass safely.
  • All vehicles must stop at the white limit line before crossing a railroad track.
  • Warning signs must be erected on the right-hand side of the road within a reasonable distance from the railroad crossing.
  • The speed limit is presumed to be 15 miles per hour within the 100 feet approaching the railroad crossing.
How an Injury Attorney Can Help Your Case

It is crucial that after an accident, an investigation determines whether any of these laws have been violated. Failing to adhere to these sections of the California Code can result in liability for a train crossing accident. Only an injury attorney experienced in railroad crossing accidents will gather the evidence necessary to recover the compensation an injured party needs and deserves.  

Accidents caused by violations of some of these code provisions can lead to a lawsuit against responsible government entities and claims brought by multiple plaintiffs. Being represented by an experienced Sacramento train accident lawyer that knows the law and can protect your rights is the best way to proceed after a railroad crossing accident.

Work with a Sacramento Train Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident involving a train, call our experienced Sacramento train accident attorneys at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice. Our legal team can examine the details of your case and provide legal options for your potential claim.

We are members of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

See our client reviews on GoogleYelp, and Avvo and our past verdicts and settlements.

Updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 1.23.23]

Photo by Andrey Kremkov on Unsplash [cs 795]

Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.