Railroad accidents are very dangerous and can result in death. These types of accidents are devastating. Whether you are injured as a passenger, as a pedestrian, or as a railroad worker, these accidents can cause catastrophic and life-altering injuries.
The Lawyers at Adley Law Firm stand up for the rights of train accident victims and fight passionately at their side. We have dealt with many railroad cases and are confident that we can win your case. We are here to protect the rights of railroad workers and victims.
We investigate your case thoroughly to determine which party was at fault or acted negligently. Though sometimes, it can be difficult to know who was responsible. This is why railroad accident law considers product deficiencies and negligence laws when determining the one at fault.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents
- Track problems or lack of maintenance on tracks
- Mechanical failure
- A human mistake of negligence
- Track obstructions
- Distracted drivers, both vehicles and trains
- Stalled cars on tracks
- Unmarked or unprotected railroad crossing
- Excessive locomotive speeds
- Conductor or driver fatigue
- Failure to warn motorists of approaching trains
Typical types of railroad accidents include:
- Loss of Limbs
- Low Back Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Neck Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Permanent Disability
Types of Railroad Accidents
There are many types of railroad accidents than just railroad crossing collisions. These types of accidents affect both the public and railroad workers. These types of serious railroad accidents include:
- Train-train collisions
- Accidents at railroad crossings
- Train derailments
- Pedestrians or workers falling onto tracks
- Train-vehicle collisions
There are around 1,000 railroad accidents in the U.S. every year. These accidents are caused by a number of many factors, but they all have one thing in common, serious injuries.
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
The United States Congress passed the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) in 1908. This law was enacted due to many railroad workers that were killed on the job.
Railroad employers are able to sue for their injuries, FELA has made this possible. Railroad employees must prove that their injuries are due to the negligence of another employee or faulty equipment. Injuries are not only limited to personal injuries, but also involve exposure to silica, asbestos, creosote, and other chemicals that can cause harm or illness.
Damages That Are Compensated Under FELA
FELA not only lets you seek damages for medical expenses, disability, and lost wages, but also damages due to physical pain and suffering, emotional and mental suffering, and loss of earning capacity.
Damages such as physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional suffering can often be substantial and are a significant part of any claim under FELA. Any loss of earning capacity may also be considered a substantial part of your claim. You need an experienced attorney at your side in order to know what you may expect to see as a result of your injury.
In order to recover under FELA, railroad workers must prove that they were injured on the job and that their injuries, or the death of a loved one, were caused by the negligence or recklessness of:
- A coworker
- Their employer
- An equipment manufacturer
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to recover:
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and long term care costs
- Medical expenses
If one of your family members was killed in a railroad accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to consult a FELA or railroad accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
Remember though, there is a limitation of time in which you can bring a FELA claim, so be sure to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact us Today
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a railroad accident, do not hesitate to contact the Lawyers at Adley Law Firm. We will fight for your rights and will make sure you are compensated.
We understand personal injury laws having to do with railroad accidents. We are committed and passionate about winning your case.
If we don’t win your case, you pay us nothing. It’s our no fee guarantee. Call us today at (713) 999-8669 or schedule a free consultation.