Train Accident Lawyer in Houston, TX
According to the Association of American Railroads, Texas has 10,506 total rail miles, spanning 52 railroads. That is over 3,000 more rail miles than any other state in the U.S. Because this is true, Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education reported, based on 2022 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics, Texas ranked first in railroad collisions (239), injuries (71), and fatalities (30) last year.
At Charles J. Argento, our Houston train accident attorneys know that these collisions can involve passengers riding onboard commuter trains, motorists traveling alongside or crossing train tracks, bicyclists, and even pedestrians. The one thing they all have in common is a catastrophic outcome.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a train accident in Texas, contact our Houston personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the liable party — or combination of parties — accountable for your full financial recovery.
What are the Most Common Types of Texas Train Accidents?
Last year, throughout the U.S., there were nearly 11,500 train incidents that caused over 7,730 injuries, and 937 fatalities, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
The most common types of train accidents include:
- Crashes with other trains or motor vehicles.
- Single-train accidents where passengers onboard are injured.
- Train-pedestrian accidents.
Vehicles that collide with trains are 40 times more likely to end in occupant fatalities than if they had collided with another vehicle of comparable size.
What are the Most Common Causes of Train Accidents in Texas?
Train accidents in Texas and across the country are often catastrophic because whether you are riding onboard, traveling alongside, or are simply nearby, no one has control over the behavior, actions, or inactions of the engineer, other passengers, and third parties interacting with the train’s movement.
This can lead to catastrophic accidents that no one saw coming caused by:
- Distracted pedestrians or motorists.
- Stalled cars on the tracks.
- Reckless pedestrians and drivers.
- Human error.
- Excessive cargo weight.
- Speeding trains.
- Railway negligence.
- Mechanical failure.
- Failure to properly maintain and inspect trains, equipment, or rails.
- Defective tracks.
- Unprotected railroad crossings.
- Unpredictable signals at road crossings.
Although Positive Train Control systems, designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zones, and movements of trains through switches left in the wrong position, are in operation on all 57,536 required freight and passenger railroad route miles throughout the U.S., train accidents still occur across the country and here in Texas.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a train accident in Texas, contact our skilled Houston personal injury lawyers for help sorting through the evidence and who is liable for your full financial recovery today.
How Can I Prove Who is Liable for Texas Train Accidents, Injuries, and Fatalities?
Like 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles, passenger and freight trains are required to be equipped with electronic devices, often called “black boxes” that capture all relevant information that may be important to determine fault after a train accident in Texas.
They record the speed, brake usage, and the complete actions of the conductor and the train’s operation leading up to the collision. To obtain these records, train accident victims must partner with an experienced attorney to ensure the proper evidence is obtained and documented to help prove fault to pursue compensation for their damages. That is what we do.
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Contact Our Houston Train Accident Attorney for Help Today
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a train accident caused by negligence in Texas, contact our experienced personal injury attorney in Houston at Charles J. Argento today to schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 225-5050 or by contacting us online.
Our law firm does not get paid until we obtain a settlement or verdict for your unique case.