Railroad Accident Information
Railroads are an important part of our daily life, delivering goods across the country and helping us travel to work and pleasure destinations. However, with the massive network of railways, both freight and passenger, that exist in the U.S., there are countless opportunities for accidents and injuries to both employees of the railroads and the general public. The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis reported over 10,000 railroad accidents in 2009 alone, including 656 fatal accidents.
When proper safety measures are not followed or maintenance is neglected, the risk for personal injury increases greatly. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or fatality in a railroad or crossing accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Do not hesitate to retain the effective counsel of our caring and talented team at The Medler Law Firm.
Protecting Workers’ Rights
The FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act), enacted by Congress in 1908, was designed to protect and compensate railroad workers who were injured on the job. Over 100 years later, it could still be crucial to your protection if you are a railroad employee who sustains an injury at work due to negligence. There are other important laws in place that protect the public from the negligence of railroad operators or improper maintenance policies that lead to accidents at the thousands railroad crossings across the country.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents
These tragic accidents can be the result of a variety of circumstances. Some of the most common causes include:
- Mechanical failure: Defective or malfunctioning parts can lead to severe injuries and devastating accidents
- Operator errors: When workers fail to follow standard procedure or act recklessly on the job, or if a company fails to properly train their employees, they may be held liable for any injuries sustained by victims
- Lack of maintenance: Many serious accidents could have been prevented had workers followed standard procedure to clean and repair the train and its components
- Crossing accidents
Sustaining a railroad-related injury can sap your livelihood, impair your physical abilities, devastate your financial security or even take the life of a loved one. Our experienced attorneys understand the magnitude of loss and injuries that must be addressed when dealing with the aftermath of a railroad accident. Our firm’s substantial knowledge and legal resources are available to you both day and night, and we will not charge a penny unless we win your case. Call our firm today for a free consultation to determine your options to pursue justice.
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