Failure to sound the whistle at a crossing is just one of many reasons why the car is not always at fault in a railroad accident.
A train wreck is indeed a catastrophic event, one that often leads horrific wreckage behind, multiple injuries and a high number of fatalities. In fact, many states have passed criminal penalties and will impose felony convictions, including life imprisonment sentences, against any individual who intentionally tampers with the normal function of a train which causes the death or injury of others.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration reports that are close to 14,000 train wrecks annually. Of these train accidents, close to 850 people die each year and another 9,500 people are injured. These statistics indicate that train wrecks, railroad crossing accidents, deaths and injuries due to collisions between trains and cars are not all that rare or unexplainable. Of the states with the highest number of train track fatalities, Texas ranks #2 with 41 deaths in 2014 alone, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Our Dallas train wreck lawyers have seen accidents caused by the following common reasons:
- Collisions with other vehicles on the track
- Collisions with other trains
- Mechanical Failure – crossing bar not working or crossing lights burnt out or inoperable
- Conductor Incompetence or error – failure to sound whistle at railroad crossing
- Boiler Explosion
In a very large number of cases, the typical train accident is not due to an unpredictable or unforeseen disaster, but because of the negligence or carelessness on the part of the railroad company, the fault of its management, train conductor, or switch operator.
Passengers are afforded the highest degree of care.
A railroad company owes its passengers that travel on the train the highest degree of safety, protection and care. This trust cannot be breached or violated. If you and/or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of train accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Let our experienced train wreck lawyers get to work immediately on your train crash case today.
Railroad employees are protected.
Ever since the late 1800s, since the peak of the industrial revolution, the American government has tried to protect the railroad employee. Eventually, the Federal Employers Liability Act or FELA was passed, which required the railroad companies to protect and compensate their employees if they are injured on the job. Our train crash attorneys know what it takes to protect railroad employee rights following an accident.
Laws are complex.
Railroad accidents and the laws surrounding these types of cases are complex. You should never assume that a railroad crossing accident was your fault. If you are injured as a result of a train accident (even a TRE accident) – either as a passenger, railroad employee, or because you were involved in a railroad crossing accident, you need an experienced train wreck lawyer who can walk you through the process and explain your legal rights. These accidents must be handled differently from traditional car accidents. If you have been injured or have had a family member killed in a train accident, then it’s time to take decisive action. Call Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313 for a FREE consultation!
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