Houston Train Accident Lawyers

Helping Those Impacted by Railroad Accidents in Texas & Nationwide
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Industrial shipping is built on the nation’s railroad network, but when companies prioritize profit over safety or maintenance, people get hurt. Our job is to make sure those people have everything they need to get back on their feet while forcing the companies at fault to change their behavior. We live for a challenge because it represents a chance to make our clients’ lives better. That’s why we never stop fighting. 

Arnold & Itkin has been at the forefront of investigating train accidents and other disasters for nearly two decades. We’ve recovered over $20 billion for the victims of life-altering catastrophes nationwide, getting our clients’ medical care, replacing their lost wages, and helping them face the future with confidence.

Our firm handles railroad accident cases involving:

Train accident survivors are facing the worst circumstances of their lives. It’s our firm’s duty to not only provide aggressive representation but to ensure our clients get the best care and largest recovery possible. The stakes are high: the money we win for our clients is often all they’ll have to live on for the rest of their lives. 

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  • Record-Setting $557 Million

    Massive Verdict Won Against Union Pacific

  • $25 Million

    Settlement Reached for Widow of Railroad Worker

  • $6 Million

    Settlement Reached Following Fatal Train Accident

  • $4.77 Million

    Settlement Obtained for Injured Railroad Worker

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No Matter How Tough the Fight

Railroad companies are some of the oldest, most powerful organizations in the world. They have near-limitless resources and patience, giving them a huge legal advantage. Our firm takes away that advantage. We’re not intimidated by railroad companies because we have the creativity, resources, and experience to level the playing field. That’s why we’ve been able to beat the biggest companies time and time again. 

You’re facing the biggest fight of your life. We don’t have the option to go halfway or be half-committed. If we’re going to fight for you, we’re going all the way. We spare no resource, work around the clock, and push ourselves to the brink. We win because while our opponents can outnumber us or outspend us, they’ve never outworked us.

Past clients often send us holiday cards, even years after their cases have resolved. It goes to show that the bonds you build as someone’s advocate never go away. When you spend months getting to know someone’s life, their struggles, their fears, their hopes, and their passions, their cases stop being "just cases." They become personal, and winning is non-negotiable. That’s how clients become family at Arnold & Itkin.

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  • “I told him, “Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.” Because that’s how I feel toward him. He’s there to protect me, and I feel so safe. They are driven. They are aggressive. They will not quit for you. They will not give up for you. That’s what makes them special.”
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  • “They’re unstoppable! They definitely have the experience you need. They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like the David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
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  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked. Our trial lasted around 10 days. Every night, they were working ‘til way after midnight. There were a couple nights they never even slept. It was just amazing to me and my family.”
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Common Questions

  • Who Is Liable for a Train or Railroad Accident?

    It depends on the accident. If a train takes a curve at a high speed, the train company would be to blame. If a train derails because a railroad track hasn’t been properly maintained, the rail company could be held responsible. In some situations, an accident could be caused by a railroad crossing being unclear, overgrown, or without signage. In those cases, the city or the company responsible for the crossing could be to blame.
  • What Is FELA?

    FELA is the Federal Employers Liability Act. Among other things, it allows railroad workers to sue employers and other parties if they’re injured at work due to negligence. The law was passed in 1908 and still forms the foundation for numerous railroad accident cases today.
  • What Causes Train Accidents?

    Statistically, human error is the single greatest cause of railroad accidents. It’s a direct factor in 36% of accidents, per the Federal Railroad Administration. It is a related factor in numerous other cases. The mechanical causes of train accidents often include defective crossties, poorly lined switches, excessive speed, and brake failure.
  • Can I Sue an Employer for a Railroad Accident?

    Under FELA, a railroad employee is permitted to sue their employer for negligence in the event of a train accident. Unlike most workers, railroad workers are not typically covered by workers’ compensation. As a result, railroad workers are given the chance to sue an employer for damages if they can prove the employer was negligent.
  • What's the Railroad's Responsibility for Crossing Protection?

    The installation of crossing protections is usually funded by state and federal governments, but once installed, it is usually the railroad's job to make sure they are well maintained. The railroad must also maintain adequate sight lines at crossings, clearing away obstructions as necessary.
  • What Are My Rights If I Was Struck at a Railroad Crossing?

    If you can demonstrate the crossing was negligently maintained or that the train operators were acting negligently, you may be able to bring a claim against the railroad company. You may also file a claim against any other person or entity whose negligence contributed to the collision.
  • What Damages Are Recoverable After a Train Accident?

    Recoverable damages can include the past and future medical bills and wage loss, pain, disability, and emotional suffering. If you are married, your uninjured spouse may also have a claim for loss of your services and companionship. In the unfortunate event of a fatal injury, surviving family members can file a claim for the deceased's lost income as well as the loss of care, support, services, society, and companionship. A leading train accident lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation.

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