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Unfortunately railroads and trains can malfunction, causing serious accident or injury. Although rare, the accidents are often serious and can cause life altering bodily harm. Here, McMinn Law Firm reports on some of the train accidents in the Central Texas and Austin region.

Train-Vehicle Crash in North Austin

According to Travis County EMS, one adult was injured in a Train-Car crash earlier this week on Monday March 15, 2021. The person was injured when their vehicle was struck by the Capital Metro train. The crash happened just before 11 a.m. in the 3100 block of W. Parmer Lane near Mopac.

The adult patient was reported to have serious, potentially life threatening injuries.

Austin Resident Suffers Serious Injuries in Train Accident

April 9th, 2020

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital after behing hit by a Capital Metro train. The accident happened at around 1:45 p.m. on April 9th. The collision happened near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and 51st Street.

Very little information was released about the patient, however reports say that the injured person is an adult patient with potentially life threatening injuries. No News about this crash was provided on the Capital Metro website.


Family Sues After Woman Fatally Hit by MetroRail

The family of a woman who was killed in a MetroRail accident sued Capital Metro, Austin Energy, and the operator of the rail. Erica Findley was killed when she was struck by part of the vehicle as a pedestrian along East Fifth Street between Chicon and Comal Streets.

Findley was in Austin visiting an old friend when the tragedy happened. When the crash happened, Findley and her friend were walking along the gravel between the tracks and the street. The lawsuit cited an issue with road design, saying that “The 1600 block of East Fifth Street has not caught up to the recent commercial development around it. … There are no sidewalks along this block, forcing pedestrians to walk either in the lanes of traffic or immediately adjacent to the train tracks.”

The train struck the Portland woman’s head, causing her to be hospitalized for three days before she died.

To read more about an investigation of the issues by the Austin American Statesman, visit this link.

Bastrop Residents Die in Mississippi Bus Crash

The Bastrop community mourns the loss of four after a vacation turned fatal. A train-bus crash killed four and injured 35. See how railroad tracks can cause fatal crash conditions and what that means in a personal injury case.

The community of Bastrop has had to say goodbye to stalwarts of Lockhart ISD after a fatal bus-train crash in Mississippi. Crash-analysis professionals researching the case say it could have been prevented.

A McMinn Law Firm attorney, was sought out as source for legal information reference for a KEYE News story. He spoke with CBS Austin reporter, Courtney Schoenemann on dangers posed by railroad crossings in the Austin community.

In Biloxi, Mississippi, crash-analysis professionals 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.

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. Safety professionals 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.

Personal Injury Lawyer’s View

It is the responsibility of railroad companies and their operators to maintain proper safety notification of railroad crossings. If you have been injured by a railroad or railroad track, or are a driver or pasenger injured in a crossing accident, please consider contacting us to get a free evaluation of your case.

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.

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.