Practice Areas

Railroad Accidents / FELA

The most common types of train accidents are collisions with passenger vehicles, collisions between trains, train derailments and accidents involving pedestrians.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, there were a total of 2,192 train accidents across the United States between 2012 and 2014.  In May 2015, the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia killed 8 innocent victims and injured hundreds of others.

Additionally, According to the Federal Highway Administration, an agency of the Department of Transportation, there were 136,041 public at-grade crossings in the United States as of 2009.   Of that total, only 42,301 had gates , 22,039 had flashing lights and 1,196 had highway traffic signals, meaning the vast majority of public railroad crossings unprotected. The FHWA reports that in 2009, there were 247 deaths and 705 injuries at railroad crossings involving collisions with trains.

Train operators and railroad employees must show due care and diligence when performing their duties to protect the safety and well-being of their passengers. This includes maintaining equipment in good working order and following safety regulations. If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligence on the part of a rail company employee (such as a train conductor, engineer or other agent), we can help.

In addition to operator error, defective rail equipment, such as non-functioning crossing gates, can also result in serious injury and wrongful death. In the event of defective equipment causing damages, the train operator or railroad company could be held liable for damages. Our law firm has the experience needed to litigate your subway or train accident case. We will aggressively represent you in court if necessary to help you maximize your recovery. Contact the Locks Law Firm if you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation today.

If you have been injured or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a train accident, or a railroad crossing accident, a New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania-based Train Accident Lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can review your claim free of charge and help determine whether actionable negligence is present.

FELA Claims

If you are a railroad worker and you have been injured on the job, you can file a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act of 1908 to receive compensation while you are unable to work. As a railroad worker, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of wages (including future losses), diminished earning capacity, hospital bills, and pain and suffering (physical and mental).

In addition to suffering injuries as a result of an accident, railroad workers are exposed to numerous risks on a daily basis to which the lay person is not. In addition to the dangers of working around heavy equipment, railroad workers are also exposed to dangerous toxins and solvents. If you suffer from mesothelioma, toxic neuropathy, or other personal injuries such as back pain, hearing loss, or burns as a result of your work on a railroad, our trial attorneys can help. A train accident lawyer from one of our offices in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

Contact a Locks Law Firm Railroad Accident and FELA Lawyer

Whether you were employed by a railroad or were a rail passenger or otherwise injured in a railroad accident, contact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York Offices of the Locks Law Firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

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