Photo of a train accidentRailroads and trains are governed by different laws that common automobiles. Common types of train accidents include wrecks at railroad crossings, crashes involving the train and a car or truck, exposure to toxic chemicals, mechanical failures, or train derailments. Due to the complexities involved in determining responsibility for a railroad accident, experts may be needed to reconstruct and reenact the accident and the scene of the accident. Based on this expert testimony, liability and responsibility can often be determined.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sets the guidelines for railroad safety. The FRA is also the organization that creates liability for the safety of train passengers. Furthermore the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is in place to protect railroad employees from injuries on the job or illnesses from exposure to hazardous chemicals.

If you were injured in a train accident or if a loved one was killed in the railroad wreck, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this wreck took and understands the complexities of these types of cases. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.

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