Railroad Accident Attorneys
Hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured every year in railroad accidents. These accidents take many forms, including:
- Collisions between trains
- Collisions between trains and automobiles
- Railroad crossing accidents
The nationwide train accident lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm help victims of railroad accidents throughout the United States. We assist those who have been injured and the families of those who have been killed pursue compensation from the party responsible. We help all victims of train accidents, including passengers, bystanders, pedestrians, and railroad workers.
We Have Gone To Trial And Beat The Railroads In Derailment Cases
Non-worker Train Injuries
When passengers, pedestrians and bystanders are injured or killed in train accidents, negligence is often a factor. Some of the most common train accidents occur at railroad crossings and involve trains striking passenger vehicles. These accidents are often catastrophic in nature because of the size and weight difference between the train and the automobile.
Railroad crossing accidents are often caused by negligence such as:
- The train operator did not sound the horn and flash lights when approaching the crossing.
- The railroad crossing gates or signals were not working correctly.
- The train parked too close to a crossing.
- The railroad crossing was obstructed.
Large-scale accidents such a train derailments are less common, but when they occur, there are often dozens or even hundreds of people injured. Train derailments are often the result of:
- Failure to follow safety standards
- Faulty or poorly maintained equipment
- Overloaded or improperly loaded train cars
- Operator negligence, such travelling too fast or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If you were a train passenger or bystander who was injured in a train accident, it’s important to seek experienced advice on how to protect your legal rights. Those who are injured may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The families of those who were killed in a train accident may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover funeral expenses as well as other damages.
Railroad Worker Injuries
Railroad workers face many hazards in their jobs, and the risks only increase when railroad companies fail to uphold reasonable safety standards. If you are a railroad employee who was injured on the job as a result of employer negligence, you may be able to recover compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).
FELA is a law passed in 1908 to improve railroad worker safety and provide a way for workers to recover damages after injuries in work-related accidents. Under this law, workers can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and partial or permanent disabilities. A claim filed under FELA also allows for damages for pain and suffering. If a railroad worker is killed, his family can file a FELA wrongful death claim.
Get Help from the Nationwide Train Accident Lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm
Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Based in Houston, Texas, The Ammons Law Firm has a proven record of success in handling complex cases such as train accidents. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a railroad-related accident, call us today at (866) 523-1603 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal rights with an experienced train injury lawyer.