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Light Rail Accident Lawyers

Our Phoenix-based lawyers can protect your rights when you’ve been involved in a mass transit vehicle accident, including the light rail train car system

Phoenix Light Rail Accident Lawyers

Light rail accidents in Phoenix, AZ have been on the rise since the first section of the multi-city system opened in December 2008. While these types of accidents are not as common as other motorist accidents, it is still a major focus for our Arizona-based personal injury lawyers.

Currently, the light rail system links Central Phoenix residents to Downtown Phoenix, Arizona State University (Tempe), and Central Mesa. Valley Metro has already announced expansion plans for the existing tracks. Some of these expansions have already begun, and others are close to breaking ground with estimated completion dates ranging from 2018 through 2034.

These extensions of the current Valley Metro system plan to be a mass transit resource for residents living near the following areas:

As this form of the Phoenix mass transit system continues to grow, the risk and frequency of light rail intersection accidents will undoubtedly follow.

Which factors contribute to a light rail accident?

Local drivers need to yield to the train cars whenever necessary since the Valley Metro light rail is a form of mass transit with frequent stops. Train car operators are held to a higher standard than the ordinary vehicle driver for safety and liability. While train operator negligence is possible, there are other factors that are at play when a light rail accident occurs:

Every driver should drive defensively and remain alert at all light rail intersections to help reduce their risk of colliding with a train car. When light rail accidents do happen, especially when the train car is in operation, it can be quite devastating, if not fatal.

Currently, the Valley Metro train cars have a max speed of 35 miles per hour in city streets. When the I-10 expansion is complete, train cars traveling alongside the I-10 will be able to travel up to 55 miles per hour. The sheer force of a collision with such a large object traveling at high speeds is enough to cause extensive damage to a passenger car, truck, SUV, or van.

Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC is a personal injury law firm that assists accident victims with filing personal injury claims. We have a personal investment in educating Phoenix-area residents of the accident risk factors for every type of vehicle in our city.

If you or a loved one should ever be involved with a mass transit accident, be sure to seek legal representation by a lawyer that practices vehicle accident law in the state the accident occurred in. It is important that the correct negligent party (or parties) are held responsible for the damages and loss of life. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC can do just that. As a fellow community member, we understand how difficult it will be for you to do this on your own. You can trust that our lawyers will fight for you and your loved one’s rights. Contact our law firm to schedule your free initial consultation with our team.

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