Railroad-Crossing Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers, Big Rigs, Semis, Tractor-Trailers, and Delivery Vans
When a commercial truck, which can weigh as much as 80 tons, collides with a train, the consequences can be devastating. Many commercial trucks can “bottom out” on train tracks, particularly when the tracks rise above street level. The sheer size of a big rig can lead to derailment, causing property damage, serious injury, and death.
If you or someone you love is hurt in a collision between a commercial truck and a locomotive, you want an aggressive and experienced lawyer to protect your rights. You want the law offices of Bailey & Galyen.
Proven Truck-and-Train-Accident Lawyers in Texas and Nationwide
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 40 years of experience to personal injury victims in the Lone Star State and across the country, including people who hurt in collisions between a commercial truck and a train. We have long been one of the largest consumer law firms in Texas, with a strong reputation for obtaining positive results for our clients. Since we opened our firm, we have recovered more than $500 million in personal injury judgments and settlements.
Proven Counsel to Handle Your Commercial Truck-and-Train Collision Claim
At Bailey & Galyen, we know from experience that a personal injury can change your entire life in an instant. We understand the toll it can take on your emotions and mental health. We built our practice by being fully client-focused, using our considerable experience, skills, knowledge, and resources to help people get full and fair compensation for their losses.
We will take the time to get to know you, to learn what happened, and to find out what you need to move forward. We will carefully explain the law and the legal process, as well as your rights, and we’ll immediately inform you of all changes or developments in your case, as well as your options and prospects for success, so that you can make good decisions about your future.
Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial-Truck-and-Train Accidents
What Should I Do Immediately After an Accident?
- Before you do anything else, take time to get the medical attention you need. The sooner you get medical care, the better your chances of a full physical and financial recovery. The best advice is often to stay exactly where you are until emergency medical personnel arrive, unless you won’t be safe doing so. Defer to the expertise of the professionals. Don’t try to diagnose your own injuries, and don’t try to shake off your injuries. Travel to the hospital in an ambulance, if necessary, or seek immediate treatment from a hospital, urgent care facility, or private physician. Ask doctors and nurses to document everything in writing, and be sure they know about any medical condition that seems out of the ordinary.
- The sooner you retain qualified legal counsel, the better your chances of maximizing your recovery. Your lawyer will take immediate steps to gather and preserve crucial evidence, and will make certain you file any required documents in a timely manner. Your attorney can also be your liaison/advocate with insurance providers.
- If possible, take the time (or ask someone else) to get contact information from everyone involved in the accident, as well as all potential witnesses. Take pictures of everything related to the accident or your injuries, using your cellphone camera, if necessary.
What Losses Can I Recover After a Train-and-Commercial-Truck Crash?
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Bailey & Galyen can help you seek damages for all your losses, including:
- Wages, income, or salary
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of the ability to engage in activities that bring you joy, fulfillment, or pleasure
- Any unreimbursed medical expenses
- All property losses not covered by insurance
What Are the Most Common Causes of Train-and-Truck Accidents?
Commercial truck-and-train accidents are caused by a number of factors, including:
- Obstructions at or near a railroad crossing that limit or block the truck driver’s view of an oncoming train
- Broken, malfunctioning, or defective warning signs, alarms, gates, or signs along railroad crossings
- Excessive speed by train operators
- Dangerous or defective train components
Who Has a Right to Collect Damages after a Truck-and-Train Collision?
Anyone who suffers actual losses as a direct and foreseeable result of a train-and-truck accident may seek compensation, including persons in the truck or nearby vehicles who suffer injury, as well as local residents and surviving family members.
Why Should I Hire Bailey & Galyen After a Truck Accident?
At Bailey & Galyen, we have successfully represented personal injury victims throughout Texas for decades. We know the unique aspects of a train-and-truck-accident injury claim and how to best prepare your case to maximize your financial recovery. We know when to bring in expert witnesses, including engineers, accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and financial-projection specialists. We also understand how different courts and juries across Texas view personal injury claims, as well as what evidence is most compelling in court.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Bailey & Galyen
When you or a loved one is hurt in an accident involving a collision between a train and a big rig, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, semi, or other commercial truck, you want proven legal counsel to help you get full and fair compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen offer a free initial consultation. We handle all train-and-truck accident lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer effective counsel in train-and-truck accident claims across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.