Train-and-Motor-Vehicle Accidents | Obstructed-View Collisions | Dangerous-or-Defective-Warning Mechanisms | Excessive Train Speed | Mechanical Failures
You may think it’s uncommon for a train to collide with a car, truck, or motorcycle— think again! According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are nearly 6,000 train-and-motor-vehicle wrecks at train crossings throughout the United States every year, and those are just the ones that get reported. Unfortunately, when a 60-ton railroad car hits a three-ton truck or smaller passenger vehicle, the injuries are almost always serious and catastrophic.
If you or someone you love suffers needless injury in a railroad crossing accident, you want a proven lawyer to protect your interests and help you pursue full and fair compensation for your losses. You want Bailey & Galyen.
Aggressive Railroad-Crossing-Accident Attorneys in Texas
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than four decades of experience to people in Texas and across the United States who suffer a serious personal injury, including people hurt in railroad-crossing collisions. One of the largest consumer law firms in Texas, we have a longstanding reputation throughout the Lone Star State for getting meaningful compensation for our clients. Over the last 40 years, we have collected verdicts and settlements in excess of $500 million for our personal injury clients.
Results-Oriented Advocacy for Train-Crossing-Injury Victims
We founded our firm on a simple concept—to give 100% of our efforts to every case we take. We work hard to gather, evaluate, and preserve all evidence to support your claim, and we prepare and file all necessary pleadings and documents in a timely manner. We understand the stress and anxiety that come after a personal injury, when many aspects of your future might be unsettled. We strive to be available and accessible when you have questions or just need to talk. We will carefully explain the law and the process, as well as your rights, so that you know what to expect. We’ll promptly notify you of all developments in your case, and help assess your options and prospects for success, so you can make the right decisions about how to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions about Railroad-Crossing Accidents
What Should I Do Immediately After Being Involved in a Train-Crossing Accident?
- Your health should be your top priority. In most instances, it’s best to stay exactly where you are until emergency medical personnel arrive (unless doing so jeopardizes your personal safety). Often, the most serious injuries are not readily apparent, and unnecessary movement can make things worse. Don’t try to shake off your injuries—defer to medical professionals. Be willing to travel to the hospital by ambulance. Regardless, seek medical treatment as soon as possible, either at the hospital, an urgent care facility, or the office of your personal physician. Ask doctors and nurses to document everything in writing. Make certain you tell them about everything that seems unusual.
- The sooner you hire an experienced lawyer, the sooner they can start protecting your rights. Your attorney will move quickly to identify, gather, and preserve evidence before it gets lost or compromised or before witnesses become unavailable or forget details of what they saw. Your lawyer can also be your advocate with insurance companies.
- If possible, get contact information from all parties involved in the accident, as well as all potential witnesses. That information will help your lawyer build the best case for full financial recovery. Take pictures of everything at the scene, including the damage to your vehicle, your injuries, any marks on the train, weather conditions, roadway conditions, and signs or signals.
What Damages Can I Pursue After a Train-Crossing Collision?
Upon a showing of negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for
- Lost income, salary, or other wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life—the ability to engage in activities that have brought meaning or satisfaction in the past
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Unreimbursed medical expenses, including rehab, physical therapy, and the costs of retrofitting your home or vehicle to accommodate your injury
- Physical pain and suffering caused by your injuries
- Property losses
At Bailey & Galyen, we represent people who suffer any type of injury in a train-crossing accident, from soft-tissue trauma to serious and catastrophic injury such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, paralysis, permanent scarring and disfigurement, and amputation of loss of limb. We also handle wrongful death claims.
What Are the Common Causes of Train-Crossing Accidents?
Train crossing collisions have a number of causes:
- Obstructions, such as overgrown vegetation or trees, that prevent motorists from seeing warning signals or signs or that block the view of oncoming trains
- Dangerous or defective warning signals at a crossing
- Inadequate warnings for the specific dangers presented by the intersection (for example, having only a sign where there should be a flashing light and/or automatic gate that comes down)
- Poor maintenance of a train
- Excessive rates of speed by train operators
How Can Bailey & Galyen Help Me After a Train-Crossing Collision?
At Bailey & Galyen, we have represented injured people in courts across Texas for more than 40 years. We know how to prepare a train-crossing-collision claim, and we understand the types of evidence that are most compelling to a judge and jury. We understand the different ways that judges and juries treat personal injury claims in different parts of the state, and we understand when bringing in expert witnesses is essential to getting full and fair compensation for your losses.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for an Experienced Railroad-Crossing-Accident Lawyer
In the aftermath of a train-crossing collision, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights, someone who recognizes the unique factors of such a claim. The proven personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Galyen offer a free initial consultation to every prospective client. We handle all railroad-crossing-injury 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 train crossing accident injury claims across Texas, with offices in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Mansfield, Mesquite, Midland/Odessa, Plano, Texarkana, and Weatherford.