Railroad Accident Attorneys in Tennessee
There are more than 300,000 public rail grade crossings in the United States. This fact has a larger impact on our lives than you may realize. While a car traveling 50 miles per hour requires approximately 50 feet to come to a stop, it takes a train traveling the same speed more than a mile and a half to stop --more than 150 times longer than it takes a car to stop.
Railroad accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. In fact, a train kills someone every one hundred minutes in the United States. For those lucky enough to survive, injuries sustained in a railroad accident are seldom minor. Such injuries are typically life-threatening and require extensive surgical intervention.
Increasing railroad traffic in recent years means increased risk for both railroad employees and the public.
- More than 80 percent of crossings lack adequate warning devices such as lights and gates
- One third of crossings have no active warning device of any kind
- More than half of all railroad accidents occur at unprotected crossings
- At many crossings, warning time is so short that pedestrians and motorists are susceptible to injury from an approaching train
- Occupants of vehicles that collide with a train are 40 times more likely to die than if they had collided with another vehicle of comparable size
Railroad workers are exposed to many other vocational risks besides accidents, including hazardous substances such as asbestos, creosote, silica, and dangerous chemical solvents.
At Gilreath & Associates, we have extensive experience defending both the public and railroad employees affected by railroad accidents and other work place dangers. Liability may be established against the railroad for any number of incidents, situations, or conditions.
Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)
Congress passed the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) in 1908 in response to the high number of railroad employee deaths in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Under FELA, railroad workers are not covered by regular workers compensation laws and are able to sue for their injuries. FELA allows compensation for pain and suffering decided by a jury based on comparative negligence, rather than by a workers compensation benefits schedule.
If you or a loved one has an injury involving railroad crossings, a train collision, or was injured as a railroad employee, we can help you. Contact the experienced railroad accident attorneys of Gilreath & Associates for an evaluation of your case.
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