Metro Rail Accidents in Houston
Trains and subway systems can be an efficient, cost effective, and eco-friendly alternative to driving. Unfortunately, because so many passengers use this method of transportation, any collision or accident tends to have catastrophic consequences. For this reason, the federal government requires the owners and operators of trains and subways to comply with specific regulations regarding employee training, hiring practices, and safety inspections. Employees and companies that fail to comply with these rules put thousands of people at risk and can be held liable for their negligence. If you were injured in a metro accident, it is important to consult with an experienced metro rail accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses.
Causes of Metro/Rail Accidents
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is tasked with creating rules and regulations to ensure the safety of employees, passengers, and bystanders, and also enforcing those rules. The (FRA) also tracks all accident causes to identify dangerous practices or trends and reports the most common causes of metro collisions and derailments to be:
- Equipment failure or defect;
- Track maintenance failure; and
- Human error.
When an investigation reveals that an accident was caused by one or more of these kinds of negligent actions, the injured parties could be eligible to collect compensation for their losses. Unfortunately, filing a claim against a metro or rail company is notoriously difficult, as many metros are owned by the city in which they operate and filing lawsuits against a city or government agency requires compliance with strict procedural requirements and deadlines.
It is also not uncommon for metro companies to try and blame other entities for an accident, and in some cases, it is true that multiple parties contributed to a collision or derailment. For instance, a driver who ignored train signals and drove onto the tracks when a train was approaching and caused a collision could be held liable for injuries sustained by others on the train. However, if an engineer could have avoided the collision if foliage and shrubbery had not blocked his or her vision coming around a turn, the company responsible for maintaining the tracks could also be held responsible for a portion of the damages, whether it was the state, the metro owner, or another private contractor. In these types of cases, having the advice and guidance of an experienced metro rail accident attorney who can help juggle a number of defendants, all of whom played a role in a collision or derailment, is critical.
Call Today to Discuss Your Case with a Metro Rail Accident Attorney
Although metro accidents do not occur at the same alarming rate as car crashes, they still happen more often than most people think and tend to result in particularly devastating injuries. To learn more about filing a claim for your own metro accident-related injuries and losses, please call Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C., at 737-201-0543. Initial consultations are conducted free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call or contact us online.