Public Transportation

Gary A Kessler has represented seriously injured victims of railroad accidents, train collisions, train derailment, train crashes and train versus automobile collisions (train derailment) as well as numerous public transportation cases.  In California, we have seen the massive expansion of the Metrolink as well as commuter train travel (BART, Metrolink, Amtrak, Cable Car, etc.).  Due to the increase of train travel we have also seen an increase in train crashes in the last decade.  This type of commuter train travel requires the Defendant (BART, Metrolink, Amtrak) to give you (the passenger) the “highest degree of care (i.e., safety)” since the defendant is a “common carrier”.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler demand accountability and compensation for any lack of care, lapse in safety and injuries or damages you have sustained by obtaining compensation for your damages and injuries.

Besides injured victims traveling in trains, we see motorists killed in train collisions.  Additionally, trains carrying toxic chemicals have derailed and toxic chemicals have escaped into the atmosphere, injuring victims both on and off the train.     

There are many causes for train collision and derailment accidents. Generally, the most common are:- Negligent maintenance

  • Defective brakes
  • Train conductor’s inattention (asleep, intoxicated, on medications)
  • Cell phone usage by train conductor- Toxic chemical spill from train derailment
  • Two trains colliding together due to negligence of conductor and train tower
  • Train collision with automobile (which involves numerous factors)
  • Automatic cross guard warning bells failed thereby not warning approaching motorist at the train track crossing.

If you or a loved one is involved in a serious Public Transportation accident:

  • Insist that a report is filed by the National Transportation Board, Police Department, California Highway Patrol or Sheriff’s Department;
  • Obtain essential information (i.e., name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver license number of any and all persons involved in the accident);- Photograph the scene as well as all visible injuries;
  • Shut up!  Talk to no one about the accident or your injuries other than you attorney or doctor, never to an insurance adjuster or insurance investigator.  Do not volunteer a statement to any insurance company;
  • Sign absolutely nothing without consulting a lawyer;
  • Seek medical attention immediately and keep a diary of your level of pain;
  • Keep all receipts for all medical expenses and/or funeral bills and wage loss records;
  • Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler an experienced law firm immediately to protect your rights and preserve the evidence!

Unfortunately, the reality of most Public Transportation accident victims usually sustain serious/catastrophic injuries which many times results in death.  Over the past twenty years attorney Gary A Kessler has a proven successful track record demanding accountability from the responsible parties (Public Transportation entities) and obtaining outstanding results for his clients.

Demand accountability from those responsible for the Public Transportation accidents.  Many times the insurance companies will play “hardball” if you try to settle the case yourself or you have employed a lawyer who does not have the litigation experience to handle such a complex case.  We at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler have twenty years of litigation experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to your advantage.  We are prepared to front all costs required for the necessary investigation and expert witnesses needed to prepare your case for trial.

The laws regarding Public Transportation cases are complex and include many facets of the law.  It is vital to surviving family members to seek the advice of an experienced Public Transportation lawyer such as Gary A Kessler at the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler to protect your rights and those of your loved ones.

The California Public Transportation attorney Gary A Kessler and the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler are compassionate and fully understand that you are attempting to cope with extreme serious injuries associated with a Public Transportation accident.  Such accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.  The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler carefully selects its wrongful death and Public Transportation cases so that we may give you (the client) the substantial personal attention necessary to obtain a successful result for your Public Transportation case.

The Law Offices of Gary A Kessler is prepared to front all costs required for a thorough investigation and top expert witnesses to prepare for trial of your case.  As in all Public Transportation and serious personal injury cases, we advance all legal costs to prepare and present our client’s claim, and receive for our services only a percentage of what we recover for our attorney fees on their behalf.  Upon settlement our costs shall be reimbursed to us from the gross recovery.  If there is no recovery, no attorneys fees or costs are owed to our firm.  Contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler today so we can preserve the evidence and demand compensation and accountability from the responsible parties!

If you have been seriously injured or a family member sustained fatal injuries involving a train (Metrolink, Amtrak, BART etc.) you need to contact the Law Offices of Gary A Kessler or another experienced law firm immediately to protect your legal rights and preserve the evidence.  Claims for damages against a public entity or governmental entity are very complex and they have “strict time limitations”.  So do not delay and contact the Law Offices Gary A Kessler today.

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The Law Offices of Gary A. Kessler are licensed to practice in California, District of Columbia & Pennsylvania. Through local law firms with which we have associations, we are able to represent Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases across the United States. Our associations allow us to represent clients"pro hac vice", meaning "for this particular occasion". In order to effectively and efficiently represent the client in these cases, we will employ the local law firms (at no additional cost to our client) to make routine court appearances and proceedings where it is necessary to assist our clients case.