Railroad employers would have you believe that every collision between a train and another vehicle happened because of the other vehicle. They want to blame the driver of the car or truck that collided with the train at the railroad crossing, but are they always right?
As a New York FELA attorney, I can tell you they are not always right. Sometimes train and car or truck crashes that injure railroad employees are the fault of the railroad employer. For example, a railroad employer may be at fault if the railroad was negligent in designing or maintaining safe railroad crossings.
A car or truck may not be able to safely get across a railroad crossing because of:
- Missing gates or warning signs
- Negligently maintained or broken gates or warning signs
- Broken or uneven tracks that cause a vehicle to get stuck
- Other design or maintenance dangers that could've been prevented by a reasonable railroad
If you are a railroad employee who has been hurt in a train collision at a railroad crossing, then it is important to know that it is not always the other vehicle that is at fault. Contact an experienced New York FELA lawyer at 1-800-362-9329 to learn more about your rights and about your potential recovery.