Since it began its operations in July 2017, at least 88 deaths and countless injuries have been connected to the Brightline train system in Florida. Those numbers will undoubtedly multiply once service connecting south Florida to Orlando starts up later in 2023.
Injuries sustained from a train accident can be severe and long-term, and in most cases, victims do not get compensation due to a lack of proper representation in court.
If you or a loved one are involved in a Brightline train accident, it is essential to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Florida.
At Eltringham Law Group, we have the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively represent victims of train accidents, including those involving the Florida Brightline rail system.
About The Brightline Train System
Brightline is a private passenger rail system operating in Florida from Miami to West Palm Beach. It offers a faster, more convenient, and more comfortable mode of transportation for travelers who want to avoid the hassles of driving, traffic, and parking.
The trains can travel up to 79 miles per hour in urban areas and up to 125 miles per hour in rural areas. This makes it a much faster alternative to driving. Moreover, Brightline trains are designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious travel experience, with amenities like leather seats, Wi-Fi, and food and beverage service.
However, the Brightline rail system has also faced some recent problems in terms of accidents. Since its launch in 2017, the system has been involved in several accidents, including collisions with vehicles and pedestrians. In some cases, these accidents have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries.
While the company has taken steps to improve safety, particularly with railroad crossings, Brightline accidents remain a risk for passengers and pedestrians alike.
The Duty of Care Owed by Rail Companies Like Brightline
Rail companies have a duty of care to their passengers, employees, and the public to provide a safe and secure transportation system. This duty of care is a legal obligation that the rail company owes to those who may be affected by their actions or inactions.
The duty of care includes several responsibilities that rail companies must meet in order to ensure the safety and security of their passengers, employees, and the public. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Hiring and training competent employees
Rail companies must hire qualified and competent employees to perform their job duties and provide them with adequate training and supervision to ensure that they can perform their duties safely and effectively.
Providing a safe environment for passengers and employees
Rail companies must provide a safe environment for passengers and employees, including safe and well-maintained stations, platforms, and other facilities.
Implementing appropriate safety protocols
Rail companies must establish appropriate safety protocols and procedures to minimize the risk of accidents, such as protocols for crossing intersections, warning signs, and signals.
Taking appropriate actions to prevent accidents
If the rail company becomes aware of a potential safety issue or hazard, they have to take appropriate actions to prevent accidents and minimize the risk of harm.
Maintaining and operating equipment in a safe and reliable manner
Regular inspections, repairs, and maintenance are necessary to prevent accidents and ensure the safe operation of the train system.
Examples of Brightline Train Accidents
The Brightline train system has caused several accidents. Here are a few examples of recent Brightline incidents:
- January 9, 2023: A pedestrian was hit and instantly killed by a Brightline train on Northeast 179th Street in Aventura.
- November 21, 2022: A fatal accident occurred when a man was struck by a Brightline train in Dania Beach.
- On October 25, 2022: A Brightline train struck and killed a pedestrian in Boca Raton (near Dixie Highway).
- October 19, 2022: A report by North Miami Beach police indicates that a Brightline train struck a pedestrian.
- October 1, 2022: At around 6:30 PM, a Brightline train hit and killed a pedestrian near the Coral Ridge Isles in Fort Lauderdale.
Recoverable Damages from Brightline Train Accidents
Recoverable damages refer to the losses for which an individual may receive compensation after an accident. The following are examples of recoverable damages from Brightline train accidents:
Victims of Brightline train accidents may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, including hospital stays, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and other related costs.
If the victim of a Brightline train accident is unable to work due to their injuries, they may recover lost wages. This includes wages they would have earned if they had not been injured in the accident.
In cases where a vehicle or other property is damaged in a train accident, the owner may be entitled to compensation for repairing or replacing their property.
Pain and suffering
Victims of train accidents may experience physical and emotional pain and suffering. They may be able to receive compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish sustained from an accident.
If an individual is killed in a Brightline crash, their family members may be entitled to compensation for their loss. This may include funeral expenses, lost income, and support.
Get Help from an Experienced Florida Brightline Train Accident Lawyer
The Florida lawyers at Eltringham Law Group can investigate the circumstances of a Brightline train accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to obtain a fair settlement or represent you in court if necessary. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal options.
Train Accident Case FAQs
Where on the train is it safer?
The safest part of a train is in the middle. It’s less likely to experience a derailment or collision than the front or back of the train.
What are the most common causes of train accidents?
Derailments and train-pedestrian accidents are the reasons behind most incidents with trains, and are attributable to track issues and human error, respectively.