Railroad Accidents

Houston’s Railroad Accident Attorney

The Walker Law Firm and Walker Texas Lawyer specialize in the litigation of Railroad Accidents, Auto Accidents, 18-Wheeler Accidents, and Motorcycle Accidents as to the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the Walker Law Firm, better known as Walker Texas Lawyer, today at 713-552-1117.

Causes of Railroad Accidents?

Walker Texas Lawyer knows that the Federal Railroad Administration has reported that there were 1,979 railroad accidents in 2011 throughout the nation resulting in almost 3 accidents per million train miles traveled. This resulted in 6 fatalities and more than 200 “nonfatal conditions.” The primary types of train accidents included derailments, which accounted for over 70% of railroad accidents, and collisions, which accounted for 7%.

The primary causes of railroad accidents include the following:

  • Human Factors,  36%
  • Track Defects, 34%
  • Equipment Defects‚ 12%
  • Signal Defects, 2%
  • Miscellaneous, 17%

Statistically, human error is the greatest contributing factor to all accidents. This can be anything from distracted train operation to lack of proper training or maintenance. The second leading cause is track defects. Train accidents can take place while trains are in motion. These accidents typically result in serious and fatal injuries. Accidents can also take place in rail yards while maintenance is being performed. Also not uncommon is for railway workers to develop occupational diseases from exposure.



If you have been in a passenger train accident you need a law firm experienced in litigating against America’s railroads. Walker Texas Lawyer has successfully represented individuals injured in catastrophic accidents and personal injuries throughout the United States for more than 38 years. Having an attorney with experience with these critical cases is important to a successful outcome for you. Walker Texas Lawyer will fight for your rights as a victim in railroad accidents. These cases are frequently complex. They are always hard-fought by today’s railroad companies.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a passenger train accident

It is important to contact a train accident attorney as soon as possible if you have injuries. Railroads go to work immediately investigating accidents looking for ways to defend themselves. They assign claims personnel to try to contact injured passengers. They work to gain your trust in order to settle those claims favorably for the railroad. You need someone on your side representing your interests. Not the railroad. You need to make sure that you receive the full compensation that you deserve.


Employees of the railroad are exposed to serious risks of injury every day.

Because of this danger, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in 1908.

For over 100 years, the FELA has provided the only legal remedy for railroad workers injured or killed while in the service of the railroad.

FELA stands for the Federal Employers Liability Act. This federal law was established in 1908 and is explained in full detail under 45 U.S.C.  51 et seq. The Industrial Revolution in the U.S. affected every area of the industry, with the railroad industry being no exception. Because of this rapid expansion, there was also an increase in accidents. There were scarcely any regulations for this occupation until President Harrison addressed Congress in 1889 by comparing the occupation of a rail worker to that of a soldier. Under FELA, a worker can sue an employer for negligence.

This means that railroad workers who are injured or become ill in conjunction with performing their job duties may bring lawsuits against a rail line to seek compensation for their damages.

Since federal regulations were imposed on this industry, there has been a significant decrease in the number of accidents per year. Even so, FELA laws are only effective if they are enforced. Those who would like to take hold of their FELA rights should contact Arnold & Itkin as we are intensely familiar with this legislation and other legal matters as they relate to the training industry.


Railroad accidents are preventable. When an accident occurs, they are normally very serious and result in significant injuries to passengers and crew members. Those injured are entitled to full damages including medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and compensation for pain and suffering. Attorney James S. Walker has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of over 25,000 clients. He has witnessed first hand the peace that comes with justice.

Attorney James S. Walker is a catastrophic personal injury lawyer located in Houston, Texas. Inside Houston Magazine ranks Attorney Walker as one of the top lawyers in Houston. His firm, Walker and Hunter P.C. has been voted Law Firm of the Year. A graduate of Michigan State University with a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Walker Texas Lawyer will aggressively fight for the rights of victims affected by a catastrophic personal injury.



So you and/or a loved one have been injured in a train accident/railroad accident, now what do you do? Contact the Walker Law Firm today, where you can directly speak with your lawyer. Attorney James S. Walker always talks to his clients, and your case evaluation will include a direct and personal conversation with James Walker. Call (713) 552-1117 now and speak directly with Walker Texas Lawyer.


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