Last month, a Trinity Railway Express train struck a truck in Irving, killing the driver. The train collision occurred at a rail crossing. The truck drove into the train crossing as the train approached. Unfortunately, another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction had triggered a safety mechanism that caused the safety arms to go up. The train crossing was in a quiet zone, so trains couldn’t blow their horns to warn drivers. The accident is currently being investigated.
Although this accident is tragic, it’s not unusual. In the U.S., about 3,000 people are killed every year at unsafe railroad crossings, and more are very seriously injured. Train accidents are extremely destructive. A collision between a train and a car can be truly devastating to the car. Most train accidents produce death or catastrophic injuries to the occupants of the car or pickup truck involved.
In railroad crossing accidents, a railroad company and its crew must use reasonable care to avoid injury to anyone traveling on roads that are crossed by the train tracks. If a railroad acted without reasonable care, it can be held liable for the accident. Many train accidents are caused by trains traveling too fast, train operator error, improperly designed intersections, defective equipment, and poor signs.
If you’ve been injured in a train accident, you need experienced, competent representation. Railroad companies are eager to deny responsibility for accidents. Therefore, you need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side fighting for your rights. Call Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.