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Train & Railroad Accident Lawyers

Experienced Railroad and Train Injury Attorneys

Train and railroad accidents cause thousands of injuries and accidents every year. In 2011 alone, there were 4,273 train and railroad accidents/incidents resulting in 290 fatalities. One reason train accidents are so destructive is because of their propensity to affect so many people at once.

Train and railroad accidents usually fall into one of two categories: those involving railroad employees injured on the job, and those involving non-rail workers injured in a train accident. Whether the accident involves a railroad employee, train passenger, or innocent motorist, the results are often swift and catastrophic.

RAILROAD WORKER ON-THE-JOB INJURIES

Railroad workers include those involved in railroad construction as well as those working on the train itself. These workers are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which mandates that workers injured or killed on the job are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from the accident. These accidents can be caused by:

  • Improper supervision
  • Human error
  • Poor working conditions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Hazardous equipment
  • Equipment failure
  • Inadequate safety measures
  • Failure to follow safety regulations

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), approximately 12 railroad workers were killed each year between 2013 and 2016. Approximately 3,924 railroad workers were injured each year in the same time period.

COMMON CAUSES OF TRAIN PASSENGER INJURIES

Train passengers can be injured or killed when the train they are on is involved in a collision. These accidents can be caused by:

  • Conductor negligence
  • Mechanical failure
  • Outdated train tracks
  • Poor track maintenance
  • Train derailment
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Collision with a vehicle
  • Collision with another train

NON-PASSENGERS AT RISK OF SEVERE INJURIES

Other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians can also be injured or killed as a result of a train accident. In 2014, there were 2,088 accidents that occurred at a highway-railroad crossing intersection. These incidents can be caused by:

  • Driver error
  • Conductor negligence
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Defective rail crossing signs

TRAIN AND RAILROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • About every three hours, either a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
  • People are 20 times more likely to die when involved in a collision with a train than when involved in a collision with another car, bus, or truck.
  • If a 150-car freight train is traveling 50 miles per hour, it will take over a mile to stop.
  • Nearly half of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where automatic warning devices such as flashing lights or flashing lights with gates are present and are functioning properly.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED RAILROAD AND TRAIN INJURY LAWYER

Injuries caused by railroad and train accidents are oftentimes severe and in some cases deadly. Medical bills, lost wages, and other damages can be obtained by suing the negligent parties involved, which may include the train or railroad company. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one were injured while riding on a train or while outside of a train, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Experienced train accident attorneys are available to take your call and evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

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888-314-9945 • info@tjhlaw.com








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