Dallas Injury Lawyer For Train Accidents
If you have been hurt or a member of your family has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a train, you’ll need a Dallas injury lawyer for train accidents. Such accidents may involve a freight carrier or a commuter rail, both of which are common carriers. Like with any personal injury, recoverable damages can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If someone has died, the damages may include that person’s lost earnings, losses associated with the relationship and funeral expenses.
The average weight of a loaded train in the U.S. is twelve million pounds. The average car weighs between 2000 and 4000 pounds. That means that the average train weighs about 3000 to 6000 times what a car weighs. This is about the same weight ratio that a car has to an aluminum can. And if a train hits a car, it has about the same effect as when a car runs over an aluminum can.
According to Operation Lifesavers, over 2,000 Americans are killed or injured on railway crossings each year. For drivers on the road, common sense practices certainly can help reduce the risk of such an accident, including keeping a safe distance from train tracks, not passing other cars too close to tracks, and abiding by all warning signals.
Since trains are so heavy, a quick stop is not possible for them. In fact, it can take a train a full mile to come to a stop. In addition to those in other vehicles, passengers on board the rail line may be injured as well, either during an accident or when getting on or off the train. In some areas, pedestrians can be easily injured where there are no flashing lights or crossing gates to warn of coming trains.
Unfortunately, train accidents can happen even when absolutely all precautions are taken. Accidents can be caused by conductor error, negligence on the part of a railroad company, or a malfunctioning crossing warning.
In spite of its name, the Texas Railroad Commission no longer regulates trains in Texas. That function was transferred to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2005. On a national level, the Federal Railroad Administration is responsible for interstate rail safety regulations. And, whether those regulations have been followed is a critical component of any case. A knowledgeable Dallas injury lawyer for train accidents will determine what caused the crash and will understand the applicable laws.
If you need a Dallas injury lawyer for train accidents, please contact us at Braden, Varner & Angelley, PC for a free, no obligation consultation.