Railroad Accident Lawsuits
Workers and other individuals who are injured because of railroad accidents may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the railroad companies in order to obtain damages and medical expenses for their injuries.
Drivers and pedestrians may be injured in railroad crossing accidents when trains fail to properly signal that they are approaching a crossing, or when the lights or gates at a railroad crossing are not properly maintained. Roughly 1,000 people are injured each year from accidents at railroad crossings.
Thousands of train accidents have occurred in recent years. Passengers may be severely injured or killed because of collisions between trains, derailments, poor maintenance of railroad equipment or other causes. In October 2008, 25 passengers were killed and another 135 were injured when a California commuter train collided head on with a freight train. Sadly, this was one of thousands of train accidents that have taken place in the United States this decade.
The Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) makes it easier for railroad workers who are injured on the job to obtain compensation for their injuries. In addition to accidents that take place on the job, railroad workers can file FELA lawsuits over repetitive motion or railroad ballast injuries, toxic chemical exposure or other sources of injury.
When a rail company acts with negligence, those affected by a railroad accident may wish to obtain legal advice in order to ensure that their rights are protected. In many cases, an experienced railroad accident lawyer can help these individuals get the compensation they deserve.