Freight trains and passenger trains can extend to lengths of well over
a mile, and they typically weigh tens of thousands of tons. Depending
on the type of train and the track it is traveling on, a train can reach
speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. When traveling at a speed of 55 miles
per hour, a train will typically require as much as a full mile to come
to a complete stop. Unfortunately, when there is an emergency such as
an automobile on the tracks at a grade crossing, this is far too long
to prevent an accident, and the results of a collision are routinely disastrous.
When a train strikes a car or truck on the tracks, the smaller vehicle
is often utterly disintegrated, taking the lives of the driver and passengers.
Train passengers are at risk in collisions as well, whether they are thrown
forward by the forces of inertia or if the train jackknifes off the track.
Rail crossing collisions are not the only type of train accident which
has the potential to cause serious injuries or death. Train derailment
is another disastrous accident which may be cause by a number of different
factors ranging from damaged track to defective train equipment or even
mishandling of the train on the part of the engineer. There is also the
possibility that two trains will collide with one another, such as in
a head-on wreck which occurs as a result of a malfunctioning traffic signal
or a mistake in navigating the tracks.
Whatever the cause of your train accident, you should consult with a
personal injury lawyer in McAllen who can review the case and determine whether you have grounds to file
a personal injury or
wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to claim compensation
by suing the rail company, the driver of a vehicle on the tracks, the
manufacturer of defective equipment, or another party who caused or contributed
to your accident.
Let a McAllen Personal Injury Lawyer Fight for You
Our lawyers have a reputation for taking on challenging cases and winning,
and we are ready to take immediate action on your behalf. We can investigate
the case to find evidence to prove your claim for damages, such as by
demonstrating that the accident was caused by mistakes on the part of
the engineer, conductor or other crew members, defective equipment or
lack of proper inspections and maintenance, broken track, or malfunctioning
traffic signals and crossing guards.
Contact us at Farah Law for a free case evaluation as early as possible after you have been injured
or lost a loved one in a railroad accident, so that we can help you take
your first steps toward claiming compensation!