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Train Accidents

Privett Law is an experienced personal injury law firm offering representation to the victims of railroad and train accidents. Although railroad service has decreased in the United States over the last several decades due to car, bus, and air travel, trains are still an important part of commercial travel and are essential to the operation of many industries. However, many train workers are subject to exhaustive schedules that can cause sleep deprivation and a lack of attentiveness on-the-job, leading to serious safety issues on the nation's freight trains. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of a train accident, Privett Law is standing by to discuss your claim, and will fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.

It is the railroad company's responsibility to ensure that there are appropriate safety precautions taken to protect passengers on America’s railways. If a railroad company fails to take such precautions, the company and applicable staff can be held liable for any injury or wrongful death that may occur. In addition, victims of train accidents are not limited to passengers only. The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) is the equivalent of Workers' Compensation for railroad employees to protect those workers who have slipped/fallen on-the-job, have been assaulted by passengers, and have been otherwise injured on the job.

Train Accident Statistics


It has been estimated that train operator error, whether caused from extreme fatigue or drug and alcohol use, has caused almost 40% of all train accidents over the last five years. Further, it is estimated that every ninety minutes there is a train derailment or collision, and that approximately 3,000 train accidents occur every year in the United States, resulting in over 1,000 fatalities.


Types of Train Accidents


Train accidents can include derailments, collisions with passenger vehicles or other trains, grade crossing accidents or accidents due to mechanical failure such as improperly lined switches, leaving cars on operational tracks, and accidents caused by excessive speed, operator substance abuse or fatigue.


Injuries Suffered from Train Accidents


Train accidents can result in injuries such as sprains and fractures, broken bones, concussions, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury and brain damage, spinal cord damage, paralysis or death.


Train Accidents and Compensation


Compensation available for injuries sustained as the result of railroad and train accidents include current and future medical expenses for treating injuries caused by the accident, lost wages, future wages if the victim is no longer able to work, punitive damages for pain and suffering, and compensation for the family of a train accident wrongful death victim, whether the victim was a passenger or employee of the railroad company.


Your Legal Rights in Oklahoma


Oklahoma laws governing train regulations are quite specific. In order to protect your legal rights following a train accident, it is imperative to call the police to the scene and seek immediate medical treatment. It is then essential to contact Privett Law. I can help you file your claim, perform a thorough and detailed investigation of the accident, and discuss with you with the best course of legal action you should take under Oklahoma state laws.


Railroad Statute of Limitations


An Oklahoma train accident claim must be filed within two years from the date of the injury or death. For more information about train accident claims, or if you are an injured railroad worker who needs more information about FELA and how to receive compensation for your injuries, contact Privett Law right away to discuss your case and your litigation options. Please note: if the statute of limitations expires before a train accident lawsuit is brought, a claimant faces the possibility of having his or her case dismissed.


Why Hire an Oklahoma Railroad Accident Lawyer?


Train accidents are becoming more and more common and are responsible for causing serious and often traumatic injuries, including wrongful death, to victims involved in such accidents. Victims of train accidents, including passengers and employees of railroad companies, may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and loss of earning capacity. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a train accident, it is important to contact Privett Law, who can discuss your claim with you and ensure that your legal rights are protected under Oklahoma state and/or federal laws. Please call the firm today for a full consultation.


At Privett Law, I have successfully represented train accident victims, including passengers and employees, who have suffered serious bodily injuries, and the family members of train accident wrongful death victims. The attorneys of the firm are aggressive and experienced and will fight for your legal rights. Please call the office today to arrange for your full consultation.