Austin Railroad Accident Attorneys
Railroad Crossing Accidents
The community of Bastrop has had to say goodbye to stalwarts of Lockhart ISD after a fatal bus-train crash in Mississippi. Experts researching the case say it could have been prevented.
McMinn Law Firm attorney, Jason McMinn was sought out as a legal expert in a recent KEYE News story. He spoke with CBS Austin reporter, Courtney Schoenemann on dangers posed by railroad crossings in the Austin community.
In Biloxi, Mississippi experts say the tour bus from Bastrop may have crashed with the train due to design issues with the intersection.
A total of 16 vehicle/train crashes have occurred at the site since 1976. Despite a low clearance sign, a crash occurred at the intersection two months prior to the deadly train-bus crash.
“This bus, in my opinion, the driver should have seen that and never crossed to begin with, but in these situations you have lots of responsible parties,” said Jason McMinn.
A slope on the railroad crossing was too high for the bus and its’ 49 passengers and single driver to clear the tracks. The bus was stuck. Could fault rest with the engineers of the road? Or the driver who failed to stop be at fault? It may involve the locomotive company CSX for failing to stop ahead of the intersection.
Railroad crossings can pose uniquely dangerous situations for the public because of the mass of locomotive vehicles. Be sure that you know what to do when you encounter a railroad crossing.
Railroad crossing accidents could occur in Austin too. What should Austinites do in the event that one happens to them?
If you notice that a crossing signal is malfunctioning, there should be a number located on the crossing signal. Be sure to call the number and prevent any future injury. Experts advise that if your vehicle should become stuck on train tracks, get out of the vehicle immediately and call the number listed on the sign.
Railroad crossings can pose a threat to members of the public who may be crossing in a vehicle, riding a bicycle near tracks, or jogging at the time a train is passing. Serious injuries can occur when vegetation is not cleared, signals do not work, and guard rails malfunction. Stop signs or warning signs could be poorly placed. These things mean that the railroad is not properly maintaining the right of way an may be liable fro injuries or deaths that result.
FELA claims for injured railroad workers
A job with the railroad used to mean economic security for life. While there are fewer jobs are available than in the past, railroad work still pays well. However, the jobs are always dangerous. Every year railroad workers are seriously injured or killed on the job. We help injured railroad workers try to recover the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost income, and other costs of their injury. Contact the McMinn Law Firm today to learn how we can help.
Many years ago the government realized that working on the railroad was hazardous to employees. The Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA, requires employers to pay compensation to injured railroad workers. However, the railroads’ insurance carriers are more interested in their own balance sheets than in helping railroad workers. They often contest FELA claims, reduce workers’ awards, or shorten the time allowed for recovery. Railroads, in an effort to limit their exposure, often pressure injured workers to settle their claim for much less than they might receive if they had the advice and counsel of an knowledgeable attorney.
Contact Experienced Railroad accident attorneys in Austin
At McMinn Law Firm, our lawyers fight for compensation for injured railroad workers. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a railroad accident, contact our Austin, Texas law firm before signing or agreeing to any settlement offer. We use our understanding of FELA law to help injured workers seek the compensation they deserve.