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Train Accidents

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we help individuals and families when they have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in a train accident.

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Have You Been Injured in a Train Accident in Tennessee?

Train accidents can be devastating, leaving victims with severe injuries and emotional trauma. Often without warning, railroad injuries can lead to catastrophic effects for individuals and families. Due to the potential destructive power of these immense machines, when unfortunate incidents occur, laws address specific complex circumstances. At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we are your guide. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury in a train accident in Tennessee, consult an experienced and knowledgeable train accident attorney to help you navigate the legal process.

Whether you are a railroad employee, a train passenger, or someone near a train track or railroad crossing, such as a driver, pedestrian, or in a home or business near train tracks, understand your rights.

Railroad employees’ cases will be impacted to varying extents by FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act) and FRSA (Federal Rail Safety Act). An experienced train accident attorney can help you understand the laws that apply to your unique situation and case.

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, our lawyers handle injury cases stemming from railroad accidents, which often include wrongful deaths or catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe burn injuries, or injuries leading to amputation. We use our extensive experience in personal injury law to fight for the rights of those who have suffered an injury due to another’s negligence. Our Tennessee train injury lawyers help victims of train accidents seek fair and appropriate compensation for their pain and suffering.

We understand that being involved in an accident can be overwhelming and confusing. We provide compassionate guidance and representation so you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we pursue appropriate compensation on your behalf.

Our experienced train accident attorneys can assess your unique train accident case and guide your strategy. We welcome your call and questions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Train Accidents in Tennessee

Most train accidents in Tennessee fall under the following categories:

  • Pedestrians hit by a train — People who walk alongside or try to cross in front of a train on foot account for most fatalities associated with train accidents.
  • Train collisions with cars or other automobiles — These unfortunate scenarios may occur when the driver of a vehicle tries and fails to beat a train at a railroad crossing or when cars are stopped in traffic on or near a crossing.
  • Collision of two trains — While rare, the size, weight, and power of two trains colliding can lead to severe consequences for anyone on the trains or in the vicinity of the collision.
  • Train derailments — When one car goes off the tracks, this can lead to the derailment of many or all other train cars and potential injuries for passengers, railroad workers, pedestrians, or occupants of nearby vehicles or buildings.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or a loss associated with the types of train accidents described above, contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable Tennessee train accident attorney. We can assess the unique details of your case and plan your strategy to seek appropriate compensation while navigating the complex laws surrounding train accidents in Tennessee.

Common Causes of Train Accidents

Train accidents may be caused by human error, shifting or overweight cargo loads, failure or defects in equipment, failure of a railroad crossing signal, failure of the railroad track or railroad crossing itself, or obstacles on the train tracks. An automobile driver’s negligence is a likely cause of a train accident. Unfortunately, some drivers try to beat a train, stop on or too close to the tracks at a railroad crossing, or do not watch or listen for trains as they approach a train crossing.

Some common causes of train accidents at railroad crossings include:

  • A railroad crossing is unmarked or poorly marked
  • Poor railroad crossing maintenance, such as broken lights or overgrown plants that impair or prevent visibility of the railroad crossing, incoming train, or surrounding tracks
  • Car or automobile driver is speeding or driving too slowly near a railroad crossing
  • The train is moving too quickly through a railroad crossing
  • Train engineer or operator negligence
  • Tracks or equipment are not properly maintained

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable train accident attorney in Tennessee to assess the cause or causes in your unique train accident case and help you strategize your next steps.

How The FRSA and FELA May Affect Your Train Accident Case

When a railroad worker or train employee is injured in a train accident in Tennessee, they may need to navigate the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). FELA provides legal protection for railroad workers who are injured on the job due to their employer’s negligence. It allows them to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages related to their injury.

The FRSA protects employees from retaliation if they report unsafe working conditions or participate in protected activities such as filing a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If an employer retaliates against an employee’s FELA claim following a train injury, OSHA will investigate and take appropriate action.

If your railroad company employer fired you in retaliation, OSHA’s finding of a violation under the FRSA may lead to remedies that can include reinstatement, back pay of salary with interest, punitive damages, and/or compensatory damages. Consult with an experienced railroad accident attorney at Tennessee Injury Attorneys if you have faced retaliation from your employer following a train accident.

Railroad workers or train employees who have been injured in a train accident must understand their rights under FELA and the FRSA to  make informed decisions about how to proceed with their case. Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys to schedule a free consultation to help you determine the next steps for your unique train accident case.

Proving Your Train Accident Case and Envisioning Your Steps

The first step you should take if you have been injured in a train accident in Tennessee is to consult with a knowledgeable train accident lawyer to assess the details of the accident, including the cause(s) and the negligent, liable party or parties.

If your railroad employer’s negligence led to your injuries in the train accident, your train accident attorney will guide you in collecting the appropriate evidence to support your FELA claim. Your FELA attorney will help you file your FELA claim, managing communications on your behalf.

Employers commonly argue in defense that an employee’s own negligence contributed to the injury, so comparative negligence rules may apply in your case. Any negligence you contributed to cause the accident would diminish your ability to recover compensation, versus the percentage of the cause attributed to the employee’s negligence.

If you have reason to believe your employer has retaliated against you in response to your FELA claim or another protected action under the FRSA, you should again consult with your train accident attorney. You have 180 days to report such an incident to OSHA so they can investigate for a potential violation of the FRSA. Our experienced FRSA attorneys will guide you if your employer has retaliated against you.

Contact an experienced train accident lawyer at Tennessee Injury Attorneys to devise a strategic plan for your train accident case.

Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys Today to Schedule a Free Consultation and Strategize for Your Train Accident Case

Train injury cases in Tennessee are complex, whether you were an employee, a passenger, a pedestrian, or a driver at the time of your injury. You need to speak with an attorney who has deep experience in addressing the potential causes and examining who is liable for injuries related to these accidents in relation to FELA, the FRSA, and Tennessee law.

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we have extensive experience in train accident cases. We can help you chart and follow a strategic course to seek fair and appropriate compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to assess the details of your train accident. We plan your next steps and advocate on your behalf for the duration of your case—Hablamos español.

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