Skilled Fort Worth Attorney Advocates for Victims of Train Accidents
Staunch representation for injured railroad passengers and workers
The Dallas-Ft. Worth area is served by TEXRail, Trinity Railway Express and the Fort Worth & Western Railroad. Travelers who disdain flying can ride north along Amtrak’s Texas Eagle Route all the way to Chicago. Most of these trips go smoothly, but the occasional accident can be devastating for riders, workers and bystanders. If you are injured in a train accident, you can trust the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. to protect your rights. Over decades of practice, we have built a strong reputation for client service and staunch advocacy that delivers results.
Types of train accidents
A speeding train can take a terrible toll if something goes wrong. Common types of train injury claims involve:
- Vehicle-train collisions — A stopped car on a railroad crossing or a speeding vehicle trying to beat the train could literally be sliced in half. Such accidents often result from recklessness or impaired driving. But when a faulty signal fails to provide a warning, the railroad can be liable for the collision.
- Pedestrian accidents — Though pedestrians have a responsibility to avoid the obvious hazard posed by a train, railways might be required to pay damages if a crossing is poorly marked or badly lit.
- Train derailments — When a train leaves the track, passengers, crew members and people near the track face a deadly risk. As train passengers do not wear restraints, they could be tossed about the coach, possibly leading to catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
- Slip and fall incidents — Hidden hazards on a train or in the station might cause a slip and fall accident that results in a compensable personal injury.
- Railroad worker injuries — Engineers, conductors and other railroad workers can easily be injured on the job due to a collision or while repairing tracks or dealing with malfunctioning heavy equipment. Our firm handles FELA claims on behalf of injured employees.
When train accidents happen, our firm stands ready to fight for full compensation.
Causes of train accidents
When a train accident occurs, we investigate thoroughly to determine the cause, which leads us to the parties that should be held accountable. Common causes of train accidents include:
- Defective equipment — When a train fails to stop properly, the problem might be traced to faulty locomotive parts or signal problems that didn’t stop or slow the train when necessary. Many rail systems have implemented smart track technology that allows computers to override an operator to reduce speeds and avoid collisions.
- Impaired train operators — Train collisions are sometimes the fault of operators who are impaired by lack of sleep, alcohol or drugs.
- Improper track maintenance — Track maintenance is costly, but when systems defer maintenance, riders can pay the ultimate price.
- Obstructed railways — Debris on tracks can cause trains to derail.
Experts from the Accident Analysis Branch of the Federal Railroad Administration (an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation) respond to the scenes of major train accidents to determine if formal investigations are warranted. We rely on our own experts as well as government investigators to ascertain the true cause of your accident.
Schedule a free consultation with a reputable Fort Worth railroad injury attorney
The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. represents clients who have suffered injuries in train and railroad station accidents. To meet with an accomplished personal injury lawyer free of charge, call us at 817-332-7676 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Fort Worth’s Hospital District at One Legal Place, 925 8th Avenue, but we also make home and hospital visits.