The DC, Maryland, and Virginia injury attorneys of The Cochran Firm recently posted a story commenting on the Spain train crash tragedy and upon the legal issues implicated by train accidents:
Unfortunately, train accidents like that in Spain are often avoidable and can be caused by negligence and carelessness. Although the law in Spain may differ, American railroads owe their passengers a legal duty of care. If the railroad fails to meet this duty of care, the law provides passengers the power to seek justice against the railroad.
In the United States, passenger train operators are usually considered common carriers. Passengers entrust their lives and health to common carriers and, as such, the law holds common carriers to a higher standard of care than other businesses.
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