Train Accidents in Texas
Train accidents are incredibly destructive. Though they are relatively rare—far rarer than standard car accidents—the effects of a train accident are severe. These incidents often lead to numerous fatalities, as well as catastrophic injuries and massive property damage. This means that it can be incredibly difficult for victims and their families to pick up the pieces and move forward with their lives.
At Kelley Law Firm, we understand just how devastating train accidents are, both for those involved and the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed. Our Dallas train accident attorneys are here to provide the personal attention and compassionate support you need during this extremely difficult time. We are known for our aggressive approach, an approach that has helped us successfully recover more than half a billion dollars in compensation for our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts. If you or someone you love was involved in a train accident in Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to our team today to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
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Common Types of Train Accidents
Many different types of train and railway-related accidents occur every year in the United States. These include incidents involving both passenger trains and freight/cargo trains, as well as accidents occurring in trainyards and at railroad crossings.
Some of the most common types of train accidents include:
- Collisions with other trains
- Collisions with passenger vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Single-train accidents
- Onboard accidents, such as slip and falls
- Collisions with railway debris
- Explosions and fires
These and other common train accidents can be deadly. All too often, they are entirely avoidable and occur only because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person or party, such as the railroad company or a product manufacturer. At Kelley Law Firm, we thoroughly investigate train accidents to determine exactly what happened and who is responsible.
Most train accidents are the result of human error or negligence. In other words, most train accidents are entirely preventable. Whether it was due to an individual’s mistake or the negligence of a large manufacturer, the majority of these devastating accidents should never occur.
Specifically, some of the most common causes of train accidents include:
- Operative errors
- Inexperienced or poorly trained conductors
- Reckless or negligent train operation
- Intoxication and distraction
- Faulty machinery or equipment
- Safety violations
- Track problems, including poor track maintenance
- Insufficient train maintenance or repairs
- Negligent hiring practices
- Missing warning signals
- Obstructed views of railroad crossings
- Railroad crossing defects
- Vehicles or people on the tracks
- Mechanical defects
By pinpointing the cause of an accident, our Dallas train accident attorneys are often able to identify the liable party. This, in turn, allows us to bring powerful claims against those responsible and seek maximum compensation for victims of devastating train accidents, as well as the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed.
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The person or party liable for a train accident depends on the specific factors involved. Generally speaking, whoever caused the accident is liable for the resulting damages suffered by victims and their families.
This may include the following parties and more:
- The train conductor
- The railroad company
- The entity responsible for train or track maintenance
- The party responsible for railroad crossing maintenance
- A negligent motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian
- A train passenger
- The party responsible for hiring or training train employees
- The owner or controller of the section of track where the accident occurred
- A government agency
If someone else was at fault for the train accident that caused your injuries or the tragic death of your loved one, Kelley Law Firm can help you fight for the justice you are owed. Based in Dallas, our train accident attorneys represent individuals and families throughout Texas, offering compassionate and personalized guidance, counsel, and support.
We are recognized for our aggressive approach to litigation, as well as our willingness to go to trial; our firm has successfully helped victims of all types of train accidents fight for the justice and fair compensation they were owed. We are proud to represent people from all walks of life, including the historically disenfranchised and those disadvantaged by a legal system that too often empowers the already powerful. Our attorneys are here to be a voice for the voiceless, helping everyday people go up against powerful companies, insurance providers, and defense teams—and we know how to win.
Get in touch with us today at (972) 853-5398 or contact us onlineto request a free consultation.