Railroad Injuries and Death

We fight to secure compensation for victims injured or killed in railroad or train accidents.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, a train accident occurs every 2 hours in the United States. In 1999 alone, there were more than 2,700 train accidents. While that may not sound like many train accidents take place during the course of the year, compared to other accidents such as car or motorcycle accidents, train accidents tend to be highly catastrophic, and tend cause much more widespread and serious damage in a single accident. That’s especially true when you take into account the weight of the train and the high speeds that trains often travel. In 1999, almost 900 people died in the train accidents that occurred, and many more were injured. Train or railroad accidents can result in injuries to workers, passengers, and innocent bystanders alike.

Railroad accidents such as collisions with other trains, collisions with cars, collisions with busses or commercial vehicles, and derailment can be caused by various factors including conductor negligence, operation on dated and unsuitably maintained tracks, mechanical failure that leads to an accident or injury, or combinations of all these factors. Railroad companies may also be liable for injuries that occur as a result of inadequate security on trains and in stations or yards. If you’ve been the victim of a railroad accident, the experienced attorneys of Cardenas Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost income.

Railroad workers or employees are entitled to a safe work environment.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration there are more than 7,500 accidents occurring in an average year that cause railroad workers to suffer injury, death, or occupational disease. Railroad employees are afforded protection under various federal laws, including the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), the Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSSA) and the Federal Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA).  Under FELA, railroad companies are responsible for providing their workers with a safe working environment. If an injured railroader proves that the railroad was “legally negligent” (at least in part), then he or she is entitled to full compensation – which is usually much greater than that provided by state workers compensation for non-railroaders. If you are an injured railroader, you should understand and appreciate that FELA claims are often complicated and present many legal hurdles. We at Cardenas Law Firm are prepared to handle those hurdles on your behalf.

Call us today to discuss your railroad or train injury or death case – the consultation is free!

When you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a railroad or train accident – whether as worker, a passenger, or an innocent bystander – you will need a skilled lawyer to handle your case. Choosing your attorney is an important decision that you should only make after speaking with us in person or at least by phone. There is no charge for us to talk to you or meet with you to evaluate your case. In fact, until we make a recovery for you – either at trial, at mediation, at arbitration, or by settlement – you will never have to pay us anything! So please… contact us today so that you can get to know us better, and so that we can better evaluate your case.