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.
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!