Texas railroads are primarily used to transport commercial goods. They offer the most economically efficient way to transport large volumes of goods overland. As a result, freight rails are far more common than passenger rails throughout the state. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has tough manufacturing and safety regulations; however, the high number of railroad accidents are a result of human error and track flaws.
Major train collision contributing factors include:
- Improperly lined track switches (switch left in incorrect position)
- Failure to latch and or lock a track switch
- Lack of point protection (shoving or moving rail cars without a person in front of the move to monitor conditions ahead)
- Shoving rail cars with point protection but failing to properly control the movement
- Failure to determine the track ahead is clear before beginning a shoving movement
- Leaving rail cars in a place that fouls or obstructs train movements on an adjacent track
- Operating over a track switch previously run through (damaged or broken)
- Failure to apply or remove a derail (a precautionary safety device)
Our catastrophic personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to investigate and resolve cases involving railroads in order to represent people who have suffered from serious injury and wrongful death. If you believe you have a case, call us today at 713-630-0900 for a free case evaluation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also fill out a contact form here, and we will reach out to you to discuss your case at a time of your convenience.