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Twenty-Two People Hospitalized After Train and Garbage Truck Collision

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 11, 2016

Hundreds of workers who depend on the Tri-Rail train service in the Palm Beach area were late to work on Monday January 4th due to an unexpected collision near the Lake Worth Station early that morning. According to The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a City of Lake Worth garbage truck broke down on the train tracks shortly before 7 a.m. and was struck by a northbound Tri-Rail train before it could be removed. The accident caused the train to derail and delay train service county-wide for the entire day. As a result of the accident, twenty-two passengers were sent to the hospital, but reports say that the injuries were minor and that miraculously no one was seriously injured.

When you board any kind of public transportation vehicle, you probably don’t think twice about the possibility of an accident occurring. However, accidents on trains and buses happen nearly every day across America and when they do the results are often catastrophic. Public transportation vehicles, such as trains and buses, are huge and when accidents occur they often lead to hospital stays and serious injuries. Depending on the nature of the injury sustained, one’s ability to work might be limited and you may soon find yourself facing a financial nightmare.

To reduce some of the stress of a public transportation accident, it is important that you know your legal rights. The first step is to seek the advice of an experienced Florida accident attorney, who will be able to examine your situation and determine what type of compensation you are entitled to. In public transportation accidents, Florida law allows one to claim damages such as:

  • Emergency room costs
  • Past, current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Disability coverage
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Long-term care

Remember, in order to get compensation for your injuries, you must first prove negligence. To do this, you must show that the other party was in fact negligent, that their negligence is what caused the accident, and that your injuries are the direct result of this accident. Putting together the necessary evidence to prove this can be complex, but an experienced Florida bus accident attorney will be able to assist. James Cunningham has been helping Florida accident victims receive justice and fair compensation for their injuries for more than 30 years. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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