Rail Road – Train Accident Attorneys Texas
When Railroad & Railway Safety Measures are not Met or Adhered to, People can be Hurt or Killed.
Unfortunately, there are times when people are involved in an accident with (or on) a train. If you have been seriously injured (or a family member has been killed) in a train accident due to someone’s negligence – as often happens – then you as the victim or surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation from the negligent people or other parties who are responsible for the accident.
There are many ways an innocent victim can be injured by a train. The first example that comes to mind is vehicle/train mishaps, which produce serious injuries and a high number of wrongful deaths. But people are hurt and killed when they are passengers on trains, either the national AMTRACK rail system or metro rail systems that are becoming more popular in large Texas metropolitan areas and already move hundreds of thousands of passengers every year. And then there are serious injuries that occur to railroad workers as well, which can at times be a very hazardous occupation.
No matter how, or in what context, the injury occurred, it is safe to assume that something went wrong because of the inattentiveness of someone, or the callous disregard for the public’s safety. And in either event, you, the injured victim are entitled to recover legal damages for injuries, pain, and suffering, lost wages while you recover, lost future wages if the injury produces disability, property damage and even higher damages if the accident killed your loved one.
Being Around – or on – a Train Can Be Hazardous to Your Well Being
Trains have been part of the American landscape for almost 175 years. They are largely responsible for making the U.S. what it is today by opening up this vast nation to settlement and civilization. For many years trains were the backbone of this state’s transportation system and its supply chain. Today, trains are still a foundation of our economy. They transport goods over long distances and after declining passenger numbers since World War II, trains as people movers are experiencing a renaissance with the advent of metropolitan transit authorities in large cities like Dallas and Houston. However, all those trains (and railroad crossings) produce a lot of accidents. And since trains are so large, the accidents in which they are involved often cause very serious injuries. Thousands of people are injured by trains in the United States every year.
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis keeps track of railroad-related accidents in the U.S. And in the first nine months of one year, their research reveals the following information.
From January through September, there were 7,269 train accidents of vehicle-train and train-train (or one train alone) which produced over 2,000 injuries and 492 fatalities. Of that number, there were 1,275 incidents involving motor vehicles and trains, producing 639 injuries and 298 deaths. Another significant category of the total number of accidents fell in the “other” category, which involved people and trains, many of these affecting train employees or others around the trains that might be, for example, sitting on a siding or traveling at slow speeds in a switching yard. There were 4,688 of these “other incidents” that produced 4,485 injuries and 308 deaths. And the number of railroad workers who were involved in these events currently stands at 2,653.
These numbers tell us two things. It is generally safe to be around trains. But when an accident does happen, the consequences to the victims can be catastrophic. And your road to compensation can find you opposed by many powerful forces that use a variety of state and national laws to deny you that fair financial remedy. You have no chance of success by handling this matter on your own or with under-experienced legal counsel. But an experienced train injury attorney increases your odds of success against the railroads or transit authorities who are certain to oppose your claim or civil case.
Our Law Firm has decades of experience handling personal injury litigation in railroad accident cases. If you or a loved one has been hit by one of these huge, lumbering trains, our expertise assures that you receive the fairest compensation possible for the injuries and pain you have suffered. We’ve helped deliver millions of dollars to hundreds of accident victims in Texas. So if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a train accident anywhere you might have been in Texas, our experienced accident lawyers can help win the best compensation possible for you.