I was injured in a train accident. Can I sue?
Just like the operator of any other type of vehicle, operators of trains must do so in a manner that does not put the safety of others in jeopardy. If you were injured due to the negligence of the person operating the train, due to poor maintenance, or due to any other act of negligence, then you can file a claim against the entity who operates the train and demand compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What causes most train accidents?
Train accidents are caused by a number of factors, including speeding, brake failure, improperly loaded cargo, malfunctioning safety gates, hazardous cargo, and slippery train platforms. When trains are involved in accidents, injuries suffered by passengers on the train, those in vehicles, and those waiting standing near the train can be devastating.
If I am injured while working on a train, can I sue?
Yes. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was designed to protect and compensate railroad workers injured on the job. To receive benefits under FELA, the injured railroad worker must prove that the injury was caused at least in part by the negligence of a railroad employee or from a faulty piece of equipment. As long as the injured worker was not 100% at fault, the injured worker has the right to sue for damages.