Railroad Crossing has the potential to be extraordinarily dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Each year, far too many people are involved in motor vehicle collisions with trains at railroad crossings in Texas and throughout the United States. At the Kolodny Law Firm, our law firm has extensive experience handling railroad accident claims and auto accident claims in Texas. We want to make sure that you have the tools and resources to protect your rights after a serious accident. In this article, you will find a guide to railroad crossing collisions in Texas.
Hundreds of People are Injured and Killed in Railroad Crossing Crashes Each Year
According to data from Operation Lifesaver, the official data from the federal government shows that 2,148 railroad crossing collisions occurred in the United States in 2021 alone. Taken together, these railroad crossing crashes resulted in 236 deaths and 662 serious injuries.
Notably, Texas had the largest number of railroad crossing motor vehicle collisions in the entire country. There were 247 reported railroad crossing accidents in Texas. These crashes resulted in 17 confirmed fatalities and 57 serious injuries.
Railroad Crossing Accidents Must be Thoroughly Investigated
Railroad crossing collisions are unique for a number of different reasons. Not only are these types of crashes disportionately likely to cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities, but they are largely preventable. Most railroad crossing crashes could have been stopped if all parties had taken the requisite safety precautions. A number of different parties may be liable for railroad crossing collisions—from train operators to train manufacturers to the company that owns/maintains the railroad tracks. A collision with a train always needs to be thoroughly investigated by an experienced attorney. A lawyer will gather the evidence you need to prove liability.
Recovering Full and Fair Financial Support After a Railroad Crossing Crash
Following a serious railroad crossing collision, it is imperative that you are able to get the financial compensation that you need to pay bills and provide for your family. Unfortunately, public and private railroad operators, other defendants, and large commercial insurance companies have a financial incentive to resolve claims for less. Our Brazoria County railroad crossing accident lawyers are committed to helping victims get every dollar of compensation they deserve. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, financial compensation may be available for:
- Property damage (vehicle repairs/replacement);
- Ambulance and emergency room care;
- Other hospital bills and medical costs;
- Long-term medical treatment;
- Lost wages and loss of earning ability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Permanent disability or disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death.
Contact Our Brazoria County Railroad Crossing Accident Lawyer Today
At the Kolodny Law Firm, our Brazoria County railroad crossing crash attorney is standing by, ready to protect your rights. If you or your loved one was involved in a catastrophic railroad crossing collision, we can help. Contact us today to set up your free initial consultation. We handle railroad crossing accident claims throughout all of Brazoria County, including Pearland, Lake Jackson, Angleton, Alvin, and Clute.