Even though railroad accidents aren’t the most common of transportation accidents, they can be some of the most devastating.
Such a large object can cause serious injuries or even death for anyone who happens to be in its way. Whether you’re a worker, a pedestrian, or driving a car, train accidents can enter your life unexpectedly and turn complicated quickly.
We’ve written an in-depth article about the ins and outs of railroad accidents, especially in the state of Texas. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important points.
Many kinds of trains can be involved
When most picture a train accident, they see a train striking a car, but that’s not the only type of train or accident that can be involved in a personal injury lawsuit. Those types of trains can include oil or coal trains, passenger trains, or even public railway systems.
In Texas, the booming oil industry means that more and more oil trains are on the tracks, and large cities like Houston have their own public railway systems for city commuters. Each of these types of trains can strike other trains, cars, pedestrians, or railroad employees.
Railroad accidents are different
It’s not just because of their large size and high damages either.
As with most personal injury cases, some form of negligence is proven in order to show which party is responsible for paying damages. In train accidents, determining that negligence can be difficult since liable parties can range from an employee or part manufacturer to the train company itself. In some cases, strict liability takes over, and a train company can be held liable without the need to prove negligence.
Regardless, both civilians and railroad employees have the right to sue for the damages caused to them by a railroad accident. Railroad employees do not fall under typical workers’ compensation, so they have a right to a lawsuit.
If you find yourself in a railroad accident in Texas, and decide to hire an attorney, make sure he or she is familiar with the difficulties that can arise in a railroad accident case.