In 2010, from January to September, there were more than 8,400 train wrecks and railroad injuries reported according to the Federal Railroad Administration. This includes injuries to workers and passengers and incidents caused by collisions, defects, and derailments.
If you were injured in a train wreck or suffered an injury while on the job, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and recovery costs. The Houston train accident attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law have the skills and experience it takes to get the money you’re owed. Call us today at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form. Our Houston train accident attorneys know the law, and we’ll fight to protect your rights.
Similar to the trucking industry, train companies have strict deadlines to meet. The train industry operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for both transportation and commercial purposes—transporting goods, delivering products, and providing rides to passengers. Before any train departs from the station, no matter what it’s carrying, it should be thoroughly inspected and the train’s route should be assessed as well. Railroad workers should check defects in the cars, make sure the freight is secure, test the brake lines and switches, and confirm stops and speed limits along the route.
When safety inspections aren’t conducted, there are a number of incidents that can occur, including:
- crossing collisions, which include wrecks with a:
- car or passenger vehicle
- truck or other commercial vehicle
- fires or explosions
- toxic spills
To learn more about the safety standards and inspections for railways in Texas, visit the Texas Department of Transportation.
INJURIES TO EMPLOYEES
There are a number of people who work in the railroad industry, such as: brake operators, conductors, engineers, streetcar or subway operators, switch operators, yardmasters, and more, and even though they knowingly work in a dangerous industry, their rights to work in safe environments are protected by law. However, unlike other workers injured in the job, railroad employees do not qualify to receive benefits through workers’ compensation. Instead, the Federal Employers Liability Act was designed to protect the rights of railroad workers and make sure they, along with their families, get the compensation they need after being hurt on the job.
If you suffered a train-related injury while on the job, fill out a FREE initial consultation form. Terry Bryant can help.