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Train Accidents in Austin, TX

Train accidents tend to be more complicated lawsuits. There are different laws, standards, and statutes of limitations that govern train accident lawsuits, and there are often multiple responsible parties involved. It can involve a single person who is hit by a train, or it can involve an entire community when there’s a toxic spill or negligence. Also, because of the size and weight of locomotives, even an incident considered minor can cause serious injury or death. Victims who might consider a train accident lawsuit can include:

  • Train passengers
  • Pedestrians and bystanders
  • Drivers and passengers from other vehicles
  • Railroad workers

Types of Train Accidents

There are a number of categories that fit into this accident category, including derailments, train vs. train collisions, train vs. car collisions, railroad crossing accidents, railroad accidents, railroad crossing accidents, and more.

It’s important to note that train accidents do not always include a collision or derailment. It’s possible for pedestrians and bystanders to slip and fall under trains and even be crushed, or for communities to be affected by toxic spills as a result of a train crash. The bottom line is, any train accident will require expertise of an experienced attorney, like the attorneys at the Law Office of Eric Harron.

Railroad Crossing Accidents

Some of the most common causes of railroad crossing accidents include:

  • Defective signals or gates
  • Failure to use train horns at crossings
  • Failure to use train lights at crossings
  • Cars parked too close to a crossing
  • Obstructed crossing signs
  • Objects protruding from train

Derailments

This type of accident often causes the most widespread damage. Derailments are almost always caused by failure to follow established safety guidelines, but may also be the result of:

  • Faulty tracks
  • Objects on the tracks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Excessive cargo weight
  • And other causes

Toxic Spills

Toxic spills, like hazardous solid and gas toxins, can be a dangerous result from train wrecks. This kind of incident requires forced evacuation of entire neighborhoods and communities and can increase the chance of birth defects and childhood diseases. If you have been exposed to hazardous materials or toxic chemicals, call Eric Harron to discuss your options.

Protect Yourself

If you’ve been injured in or affected by a train accident, it’s important that you immediately seek medical attention and contact an attorney at the Law Office of Eric Harron. When you hire an attorney to represent you, it increases your chances of recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries and suffering. Do not sign anything until your attorney has had a chance to look over it, and hold onto any and all documentation of your own or your loved one’s injuries.

Know your rights and options. Call the Law Office of Eric Harron to discuss your case today.