There are two type of people injured in railroad accidents: employees of the railroad and persons not employed by the railroad.
Due to the dangers faced by railroad workers at the turn of the century, in 1908 Congress passed the Federal Employers' Liability Act, (FELA). To this day, FELA strives to provide railroad employees with a safe work environment but in the event there is a safety lapse, FELA provides a federal system of legal recovery for railroad employees and their families for injuries suffered while on the job. It should be noted that FELA covers all railroad employees not just those who actually work on the rails. Generally under FELA the railroad employer is responsible for providing a safe work environment, inspecting that work environment to ensure that it remains safe, providing adequate training to employees, and enforce the safety rules and regulations in place. In the event that the railroad employer negligently fails to do any of these things and this results in an injury to yourself as the railroad employee then you should contact an attorney to inquire about your legal rights.
Railroad Passengers & Bystanders
The second type of claim made against the railroad includes those persons who are not employees of the railroad, such as passengers or bystanders. These type of accidents include accidents that occur at railroad crossings, derailments, collisions with other trains, or loads that shift causing things to hanging off the train itself.
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