Louisiana Train & Railroad Accident Attorneys
Fighting to Protect Workers, Passengers, and Pedestrians
Although overlooked in recent years, trains and railroads still are dangerous places. Around 1,000 accidents occur each year in our country, and because these immensely large and heavy machines are so difficult to stop, these accidents often cause severe injury or death.
Accidents occur both in passengers and pedestrians crossing railways, but also in train workers. CNN recently included industrial repairmen in their list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States, with rail yard engineers not too far from that list either. As these structures glide over every corner of our large country, especially in the rural areas of Louisiana, you need legal protection to help you secure compensation in the event that you are wrongfully injured, and Arnold & Itkin is the ideal team to represent you.
Understanding the Federal Employers Liability Act
Shortened as FELA, this Act was initially influenced by President Harrison in the late 19th century. The railroads were becoming perhaps the nation’s largest priority, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans to work, and unfortunately exposing them to the industry’s many dangers. President Harrison realized that these workers had little to no protection in one of the deadliest jobs known at that time, and FELA was eventually passed in 1908.
Under FELA, train and railroad workers and their families since have had rights to pursue compensation from their employers if placed in unsafe working conditions that cause injury or death. FELA has since influenced a widespread cracking down on workplace safety in the railroad industry because employers would rather keep their workers and avoid large payouts. However, railroad workers still face real dangers.
Common Dangers for Workers in the Railroad Industry
Aside from commonplace accidents such as crushing injuries or blunt force trauma, railroad workers may face severe illnesses related to the harmful chemicals with which they work.
These harmful substances include:
- Liquefied petroleum gas
- Diesel fuel
Regardless of you or your loved ones’ injury or illness, it may have been due to unsafe working conditions, which employers in the railroad industry are legally required to provide. If you are a Louisiana railroad worker, or were at one time, our legal team at Arnold & Itkin wants to learn more about damages you have suffered while working on trains or railroads.
Protecting Passengers & Pedestrians from Train Injuries
Railroads cover a considerable amount of the surface area of our large nation. Many of these railways wind through mountainous regions and areas covered by overgrown trees that block visibility. This poses a significant danger when objects block the tracks.
Some train conductors will not be able to see the obstruction in time, and trains are difficult enough to stop in an emergency as it is. These kinds of scenarios put both pedestrians surrounding the train and the train passengers themselves in danger of their lives.
Aside from obstructions on the railroad, causes of train accidents also include:
- Malfunctioning crossties
- Unsafe speed of travel
- Delay in applying brakes
- Switch failure
Although trains and railroads are being updated, many of them still use old, mechanical technology that is prone to malfunction. When combined with the magnitude of these machines, serious injury and even death often occur. When these tragedies happen, it is important to choose the best legal representation available to stand up for you against the large railroad companies.
Selecting Your Train & Railroad Injury Attorney
Although you are protected under FELA as a railroad worker, it will still require extensive legal prowess in order to prove that you or your loved one’s injury was the direct fault of an employer. It will also take qualified legal defense in order to fight the big railroad companies for compensation in the event that you were hurt in an accident either as a passenger or as a pedestrian. When selecting your Louisiana team, you will need the kind of representation that has stood against Fortune 500 companies and won record-breaking verdicts for the injured.
You will need the help of Arnold & Itkin LLP. Call our offices today at (225) 412-6348 to schedule your free case evaluation.