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TRAIN | RAILROAD ACCIDENT ATTORNEY | LAWYER
According to the Federal Highway Administration, a train accident occurs every 2 hours in the United States.
Train accidents tend to be catastrophic to life and property. That's especially true when you take into account the weight of the train and the high speeds that trains often travel.
Railroad accidents are often caused by:
•Mechanical failure that leads to an accident
•Collision with another train
•Collision with a car or bus
•Dated and unsuitably maintained tracks
•Inadequate security on the train
Since there are many factors that lead to a railroad accident, there are many people who can be held responsible for your injury, loss of income, or pain and suffering.
While it's the responsibility of the railroad company to maintain the tracks and the trains, truck and car drivers also have the responsibility of following the laws and not trying to sneak pass the crossbars after they've been lowered.
If you've been the victim of a railroad accident, you may be able to collect damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost income. A Train Accident Lawyer | Attorney can help you fight your case against the train company, and file your lawsuit in court.
A train accident can occur as a result of several possible reasons:
•Track and Structure Defects or Problems
•Equipment defects or problems
•Signal and Train control
•Other miscellaneous factors.
The majority of train accidents are caused by human factors or track factors.
During a recent five year study it has been determined that the great majority of train accidents resulted from human factor causes or track causes.
In addition, in recent years, most of the serious events involving train collisions or derailments resulting in release of hazardous material, or harm to rail passengers, have resulted from human factor or track causes.
The United States Government enacted the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), in 1908.
Congress passed FELA with the intent to decrease tragic railroad accidents. In addition, FELA encourages standardization in railroad practices and railroad equipment.
The types of accidents that occur in a rail yard often result in a serious, possibly life-threatening, injury. This should be of no surprise when one considers the kind of work performed in, and the kinds of activities inherent to, the rail yard work environment:
•Toxic cargo—Containers that spill or leak risk potentially releasing corrosive acids, toxic fumes, or carcinogenic compounds
•Mechanical switches and levers—all of these provide opportunities for pinching, crushing, or severe injuries
•Heavy machinery activity—the equipment used to load, unload, and shift heavy cargo and railroad yard supplies
•Moving engines and railcars—these are often over 100,000 pounds, and are an unfair match against any rail yard worker, many of which lose limbs or lives from accidents with these beastly machines
•Flammables and explosives—locomotive fuel supplies and cargo loads capable of massive explosions and fire are a continual risk
If you've been the victim of a railroad accident, you may be able to collect damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost income. A Train Accident Lawyer|Attorney can help you fight your case against the train company, and file your lawsuit in court.
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