Railroad & Train Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas
Railroad and train accidents are a real possibility. Contact a Texas accident lawyer today if you've been injured.
Public railroad crossings are everywhere, and each poses the threat of accident, especially when one party is acting negligently. Accidents can easily happen in a matter of seconds. Lives are lost or ruined in the blink of an eye.
It takes a train much longer to stop than a motor vehicle - around 150 times longer to be exact. This doesn't leave very much time for error correction, upping the risk of a serious accident that requires measurable medical attention and recovery time.
Each railroad and train accident is investigated thoroughly to determine which party (if any) was at fault or acting negligently, but it can sometimes be difficult to know who was responsible. Because of this, railroad accident law often considers product deficiencies and negligence laws when determining who was at fault.
Contact the team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman to discuss your rights.
Train Accident Statistics
Every year in the United States, hundreds of train accidents take place. Here are a few statistics concerning train and railroad accidents from Federal Railroad Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2016 (from January to July), Texas alone saw 17 fatalities and 20 serious injuries from railroad and train accidents.
- Many railroad crossings are without the proper safety equipment used to warn upcoming cars (lift gates and caution lights), and more than half of railroad accidents happen at these unprotected crossings.
- 2015 saw a total of 2,059 vehicle-train collisions at both public and private railroad crossings across the United States.
- The risk of fatality is 20 times higher in a vehicle-train collision than in a vehicle-on-vehicle collision.
Common Causes of Train Accidents
Each type of train accident comes with its own set of common causes. These causes can include:
- Mechanical failure
- Track problems or lack of maintenance on tracks
- Track obstructions
- Human mistake or negligence
- Distracted drivers (both vehicle and train alike)
- Unmarked or unprotected railroad crossing
- Stalled cars on tracks
Types of Train Accidents
There are more types of railroad and train accidents than just railroad crossing collisions, and these types of accidents affect both the public and railroad employees alike. Types of serious train accidents include:
- Train derailments
- Train-vehicle collisions
- Train-train collisions
- Accidents at railroad crossings
- Pedestrians or workers falling onto tracks
Railroad Worker Accidents - Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)
In 1908, the United States Congress passed the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA). This law was enacted due to the high number of railroad employees that were killed on the job around the turn of the century.
Because of FELA, railroad employees are able to sue for their injuries unlike employees subject to workers' compensation laws. Railroad employees, in order to show compensation is required, must prove that he or she was injured because of the negligence of another employee or due to faulty equipment. Railroad employee claims are not limited to physical injuries only, but also include exposure to asbestos, silica, creosote, and other chemicals that can cause illness or harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury with a train collision or are an injured railroad employee, do not hesitate to contact Houston railroad and train accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman for help.
As highly experienced trial lawyers, we understand personal injury law and are ready to commit to winning your train accident case and compensation claim. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Guarantee. Do not delay! Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.