Although many may think that train accidents are a thing of the past, in 2016 alone there were 2,668 train accidents or incidents that resulted in 172 fatalities and 1,989 non-fatal injuries. These accidents may occur in a variety of situations, including on the job or in a collision involving a train.
On the job, railroad workers are constantly in danger of injury. Because of the exposure to heavy machinery and cargo, railroad workers may be pinned and suffer from internal bleeding, organ damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and/or amputation. Moving engines and train cars can injure workers by colliding with other trains in the yard or workers, causing injuries to those inside and outside of the train cars. Lastly, the heavy cargo, consisting of toxic or flammable materials, can severely burn or poison workers, leading to life-long severe (or fatal) injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury on the job, it is important to hire attorneys who are very familiar with the Federal Employers Liability Act (“FELA”) because FELA applies to your case, not state workers’ compensation laws. FELA is a valuable tool that provides extremely favorable compensation and protection for you and your family. Most importantly, there are not prescribed limits as to what you can recover for your injuries like there are under state workers’ compensation laws.
While in transit, a train may be involved in a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian due to a variety of factors, including driver negligence, driver fatigue, insufficient or improper warnings to alert motorists that a train is approaching or failure to properly maintain the railroad crossings.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving a train or railroad, please contact the lawyers at Armstrong & Lee LLP who will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.