Inadequate Signage | Broken Gates or Warning Lights | Obstructed Views
In Texas, any railroad crossing that requires more than a simple railroad crossing sign (known as a “crossbuck”), is classified by the state as an extra-hazardous crossing. Surprisingly, even though most railroad crossings have the potential to be extremely dangerous, more than half of the 10,000 train crossings in the Lone Star State have no flashing lights to warn motorists and no gates to bar entry. As a result, there are far more railroad crossing collisions in Texas than there should be.
If you or someone you love is hurt at a hazardous railroad crossing, you want an experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. Bailey & Galyen can help.
Results-Oriented Hazardous Railroad Crossing Lawyers in Texas and Nationwide
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 40 years of experience to people across the Lone Star State and throughout the country who are hurt because of the wrongful acts of another person, including men and women injured in collisions at hazardous railroad crossings. One of the largest consumer law firms in Texas, we have a longstanding reputation for recovering significant damages for many of our clients. In our four decades, we have obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of $500 million.
Proven Counsel for Personal Injury Victims Across Texas and the United States
We built our practice on an unwavering commitment to provide the highest levels of customer service and attention to every client. We know the stress and anxiety that an accident can bring, as well as the importance of regular and clear communication with legal counsel. We work hard to be available and accessible when you need answers to your questions, and we will respond to your calls, text messages, and e-mails in a timely manner.
We will carefully explain the law and the legal process, as well as your rights, so that you know where you stand. We will immediately notify you of any developments in your case and help you understand your options and prospects for success, so that you can make intelligent decisions about how to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hazardous-Railroad-Crossing Accidents
What Should I Do Right After an Accident at a Hazardous Railroad Crossing?
- Your first priorities should always be your health and safety. Often, with a serious injury, the best thing to do is remain stationary until emergency medical technicians arrive. You should only move if it might be unsafe to stay where you are. Seek immediate medical care, whether at a hospital, urgent care facility, or doctor’s office. The longer you wait, the greater the risk your injuries will be more severe and the greater the potential impact on a personal injury claim. Be sure to tell doctors and nurses about everything that seems different, and ask them to document everything in writing.
- As soon as possible after you received medical care, hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will move quickly to preserve all evidence supporting your claim, including eyewitness testimony. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the greater the chance that a witness will move away, disappear, or die, or that crucial evidence will be lost or compromised.
- If possible, get contact information from anyone else involved in the accident, as well as witnesses. That will help your attorney gather evidence. Take pictures of everything at the scene of the collision, from the damage to your car and the train to roadway and weather conditions at the time of the crash.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Hazardous-Railroad-Crossing Accident?
When you’re hurt in a train accident at a hazardous railroad crossing, you can seek damages for:
- Lost wages, salary or income
- Any medical expenses or property damage not covered by insurance
- The inability to do things or engage in activities that brought you happiness, comfort, joy, fulfillment, or pleasure before the accident
- Physical pain and suffering resulting from the accident
- The loss of physical companionship or consortium
What Types of Conditions Make a Railroad Crossing Hazardous?
Here are just some of the conditions that can make a railroad crossing hazardous or unreasonably dangerous:
- The absence of working warning lights, signs, or signals, including gates that are broken or don’t function properly or missing signs or signals
- Obstructions that limit the view of motorists, including shrubs, trees, billboards, buildings, and other structures
- Broken or damaged tracks or pavement around tracks that cross the road
- Negligent or careless design or layout of tracks, causing blind spots or obstructed views
How Can Bailey & Galyen Help Me After an Accident at a Hazardous Railroad Crossing?
Over the last 40+ years, we have successfully represented personal injury victims in courts throughout Texas and in other jurisdictions. We have the skill, knowledge, experience, and resources to handle complex and challenging personal injury claims arising from railroad-crossing accidents. We know how to effectively prepare these cases—the types of evidence that are most compelling, as well as the different ways judges and juries across the state view personal injury claims. We know when to bring in expert witness testimony, and we have a network of professionals we use to help present the strongest case for your full financial recovery.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for an Experienced Car-Accident Attorney
When you or a loved one suffers needless injury in an accident at a hazardous or dangerous railroad crossing, you need an experienced lawyer to help you get full and fair compensation. The proven personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen offer a free initial consultation. We handle all train-and-motor-vehicle-accident claims on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses.
We offer proven counsel in hazardous railroad crossing claims across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.