Derailments 2018-11-30T16:45:00+00:00


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Serious train accidents such as derailments occur when something has gone wrong, or when another person or party has acted negligently. If you or a family member has been involved in a railroad accident, it is a smart idea to seek counsel from a lawyer immediately. Retaining legal representation from an experienced attorney will ensure that you get the compensation and benefits that you deserve.

Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly, LLC, is an established law firm that represents railroad workers and other people who have been injured in railroad accidents. Our team of attorneys has more than 70 years of combined experience, much of which has been dedicated to representing injured victims in railroad accidents. We are knowledgeable of the industry and have gained a reputation for providing aggressive, high-quality legal services.

Derailments: How and Why Do They Occur?

Derailments occur under a few main circumstances: Most derailments occur when something is defective with the track or roadbed or the railroad equipment travelling over it. Sometimes, a railroad track inspector fails to properly detect a defect during an inspection or the railroad fails to maintain its tracks and equipment properly. Other examples of why derailments occur include:

  • Defective wheel flanges on the train’s railroad cars
  • Broken rails
  • Bad cross ties
  • Drainage and roadbed problems
  • Debris on the railroad tracks
  • Improperly maintained switches
  • Worn or defective switch points, guard rails or frogs
  • Collisions with other equipment or crossing accidents
  • Obstructions in the railroad Right of Way

Injuries to Railroad Employees

When accidents occur that involve railroad employees, the railroad will conduct an investigation of the accident almost immediately. Railroad companies will try to do everything possible to reduce their responsibility for the accident. As an employee, it is important to retain legal counsel immediately to ensure that your rights are protected. At our firm, we will prepare you to answer questions and start preparing your claim as if it were to go to trial.

Contact Our Louisiana Train Crash Injury Attorneys

Have you sustained a serious injury as the result of a train derailment? Turn to the legal team at Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly, LLC, for guidance. We will protect your interests.

To schedule a free initial consultation with our New Orleans train derailment attorneys, please call Today for FREE Consultation 504-521-7946, 800-249-1306 or contact us online.

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Engineer, conductor & brakeman v. Railroad & trucking company

Train Accident

A railroad engineer, conductor and brakeman suffered severe injuries (primarily lumbar spine injuries) in a grade crossing collision in Canadian County, OK when a dump truck hauling a load of sand drove in front of their train.

Tulsa, OK.

Locomotive engineer v. Railroad and trucking company

Train Accident

Engineer perished from burn injuries when the freight train he was operating collided with a gasoline tanker truck at a railroad crossing.

New Orleans, LA

Crew members v. Railroad (confidential settlement) -

Train Accident

We represented several crew members of a train involved in a derailment which occurred allegedly due to defective and poorly maintained railroad tracks. Our clients suffered various physical injuries, …

Orlando, FL

Truck Driver v. Tire Manufacturer and Ins. Co.

We represented a driver of an 18-wheeler who was injured when a relatively new left front tire on the vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure and the treads separated, causing the truck to careen off of the roadway and into a tree. …

New Orleans, LA

Passenger v. Railroad

Our client was a very sweet 79 year old lady who was stepping down off of a train, when her foot missed the metal step-stool which had been placed on the ground by the railroad’s employee. She fell to the ground and fractured her left arm, …

Jacksonville, FL
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