If you or someone in your family has been injured by a train accident, you should consult promptly with an expert Tulsa railroad accidents attorney who can help you understand your rights and get fair compensation.
Rail accidents can cause catastrophic injury and death. Approximately 1,000 people die in train accidents every year, with a train collision or derailment occurring about every 90 minutes. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) reports most of the 5,800 train-vehicle collisions occur at rail crossings, and in nearly half of train crossing collisions, protective equipment like crossing gates or warning lights were absent or failed to work properly. In fact, DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration says it has found that around 80% of railroad crossings lack adequate warning equipment.
Train derailments spill chemicals or other hazardous substances happen somewhere in the US about every two weeks; such incidents can affect entire communities nearby a spill site. In addition, rail companies often rely on very dated technology, and their methods of operations are little regulated. Sometimes, rail companies claim what little federal regulation there is overrides attempts by local and state governments to address rail safety hazards.
In fact, many rail “accidents” are really preventable, caused by negligence by rail companies or employees in handling things under their control, such as train equipment, warning devices, tracks or rail beds.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Railroad Accident
Have you or a loved one been involved in a train wreck or railroad accident? If so, you know first-hand the devastating impact on victims and their families, and the expense of medical and therapy treatments. Train accidents can result in deaths or extremely serious personal injuries, such as spinal cord or brain injuries.
Your damages may include lost wages and reduction in future earnings, bills for past and future medical care and monitoring , home health care expenses, prescriptions, property losses, pain and suffering, and other damages. In cases of serious misconduct, punitive damages may also be available.
Holding accountable those who should take responsibility for rail accidents can be exceptionally difficult. Proving causation often presents highly complex issues, requiring extensive technical and legal analysis. Determining the appropriate compensation may also take detailed economic and medical analysis.
Seeking expert analysis and advice from an experienced, skilled railroad accidents lawyer is clearly the smartest move you can make after a train accident. To learn about your options and how to recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries, get in touch with a skilled Tulsa railroad accident attorney at Tulsa Personal Injury Law Office.
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There is no cost or obligation to you to consult with us, so there is absolutely no risk to you. If we handle your case, you will get a clear explanation and a written agreement spelling out that you will not pay us any attorney’s fees or expenses unless you get a satisfactory settlement or we win in court for you. For a free confidential consultation about a railroad accident, call us today at (918) 924-5528, toll free at (888) 447-7262 or send us a message using the form on the right side of this page.