Houston Railroad Accident Lawyer

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.

Types of Railroad Accidents and Their Consequences

1. Train Collisions

Train collisions can occur for various reasons, such as human error, mechanical failure, or poor track conditions. These accidents can involve trains colliding with other trains, vehicles, or even pedestrians. The sheer size and speed of trains make these collisions particularly devastating, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.

2. Derailments

Derailments occur when a train runs off the tracks, often due to excessive speed, track defects, or equipment failures. A derailment can cause extensive damage to the train itself, nearby property, and the environment. Injuries sustained in derailments can range from minor to life-threatening.

3. Railroad Crossing Accidents

Railroad crossing accidents happen when a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train while attempting to cross the tracks. These accidents can be caused by malfunctioning signals or gates, driver inattention, or poor visibility. Railroad crossing accidents can result in severe injuries or fatalities, particularly if the train is traveling at high speeds.

4. Workplace Accidents

Railroad workers are at risk for various workplace accidents, including falls, being struck by equipment, or exposure to hazardous materials. These accidents can lead to serious injuries and may even be fatal. Workers may be eligible for compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

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.

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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.

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