Railroad Accidents

Train accident lawyers who can help

Federal Railroad Administration statistics show that nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in train accidents and many thousands more are severely injured. In fact, a train accident occurs every 90 minutes in the United States. The statistics also show that a train carrying hazardous materials runs off the tracks and spills its load once every two weeks.

The railroad company is often responsible for these accidents because of the railroad’s failure to properly maintain the tracks or provide adequate warning of an approaching train. In many rural areas, railroads have not installed gates or warning lights and have failed to cut vegetation that blocks a driver’s view of potential oncoming trains.

Litigating against railroad companies can be very complex because of the many regulations that govern their operations and maintenance. RPWB railroad accident attorneys have experience handling railroad crossing accident and train derailment cases. One of our founding attorneys, Terry Richardson, is listed as a 2018 Best Lawyer in railroad law. Our firm is perhaps best known for being appointed co-lead counsel in the consolidated cases arising from South Carolina’s largest train disaster, the Graniteville train derailment and chemical spill.

RPWB attorneys are currently representing victims of the Feb. 4, 2018 Amtrak train wreck in Cayce, South Carolina that sadly killed two railroad employees and injured more than 100 passengers. If you or a loved one was injured in the crash, please contact us immediately to learn about your rights and the potential for compensation.

RPWB attorneys can also help railroad employees injured in work-related accidents or suffering from occupational diseases. We can file suit against employers or other railroad employees under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). These are not workers’ compensation actions. And, unlike workers’ compensation actions, in a FELA action, if negligence is proven, workers can receive much higher amounts. RPWB attorneys have represented railroad workers in such cases with significant success.

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