Railroad Train Accidents in Texas

The Pursley Law Firm has an experienced Railroad Train Accident Lawyer that will aggressively represent you in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso and most of Texas. Do not hesitate to call and speak with an attorney in our firm about your railroad train injury case at no cost to you.

The Federal Railroad Administration reported that the number of railroad accidents has declined over the past two decades to 3,192 accidents nationally and a little less than 900 deaths as a result of those accidents. From June to January 2006, there were three railroad accident fatalities and 26 injuries in Texas. The safety improvements made over the past several years occurred even though freight railroad traffic and train density increased to record high levels in the past 20 years on a lower number of available tracks. This occurred following the economic deregulation of the industry as a result of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. Despite the improved accident statistics, it is estimated that every 90 minutes, a train accident occurs in the United States, an unwelcome possibility for those working on or driving near railroad tracks. Many of these accidents are preventable by railroad tracks being properly maintained and all railroad crossing guards functioning properly and being obeyed by drivers and pedestrians.

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) of 1908 entitles railroad workers to seek compensation for injuries on the job with no maximum amount limit. The injured railroad worker can also seek damages for pain and suffering, which is not always the case in other industries. There is a three year statute of limitations on filing a claim for an injury or death in a railroad accident case. Rather than wait the maximum time allotted, it would be wise to contact an experienced attorney to examine the details and circumstances of the accident you or a family member was injured or killed in.

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