According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), nearly every two hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S. Almost all of these accidents involve some type of property damage—and in some cases serious injury and death. And the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that in an average year in the United States, more than 3,000 train accidents occur leading to death, injury and property damage.
Half of all railroad accidents occur at crossings that are inadequately protected. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, more than 80% of railroad crossings don’t have sufficient warning signals and devices.
And railroad workers report every day to a hazardous workplace. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on railroad work injuries and fatalities, railroads provide “the setting for a fatal injury rate more than double the rate for all workers, railroads are hazardous workplaces, especially for brake, signal, and switch operators.”
The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm have extensive experience successfully delivering justice to victims of railroad accidents that caused serious injury.
Railroad companies retain significant legal resources to defend themselves. The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm are here to level the playing field for victims of preventable accidents who have suffered wrongful death or serious injury.
If You’ve the Victim of a Railroad Accident, What Should You Do?
Retain top-notch legal counsel immediately. If you are unable to do so, have a family member take care of this as soon as possible. Time is absolutely of the essence when determining the cause of an accident that causes serious injury.
Listen to your medical team and follow their instructions. If you’ve been seriously injured, you are at risk. Take your prescribed medications, attend all medical appointments and stick to physical therapy regimens.
Make sure you know what disability benefits you are entitled to through your employer’s benefits plan. You may have benefits available that can help you cover costs and expenses.
What Should You NOT DO?
Do not, under any circumstances, speak to lawyers representing the person, business or entity that was the cause of the serious injury. Do not allow family members to speak to those lawyers either. Make sure that you have your own legal counsel in place. Your lawyers are the only ones who should have any contact with lawyers representing the person, business or entity that caused the serious injury.
If you are unable to contact a lawyer, have a family member do so as soon as possible.
Do not share any details of the situation outside of your immediate family. Your lawyers will let you know what you can and cannot say. It is important that neither you nor any family members have any contact whatsoever with attorneys who are not representing you.
The attorneys at Unglesby Law Firm can guide you through this sensitive process.
Don’t Hesitate: Call Us
If you are or a loved one is the victim of a railroad accident and have suffered a serious injury don’t wait – call us at Unglesby Law Firm.
Remember: Time is of the essence. Each day that passes without taking legal action against the person or entity at fault for your serious injury, is a loss of precious time that can’t be replaced.
The lawyers at Unglesby Law Firm are your rapid-response team. They take immediate action to start the gears of justice turning in your favor. Any they are dedicated to securing the outcome you and your family deserve.