Louisiana Train Accident Attorneys

Over $1 Billion Won by Our Louisiana Railroad Accident Attorneys

With a staggering 3,000 miles of track in the state, Louisiana has its fair share of train accidents. Due to the massive size and weight of trains, these accidents tend to lead to more devastating outcomes than most transportation accidents. Compounding the issue, railroad freight companies frequently understaff their operations to save on labor costs, making derailments and mishaps far more likely.

Whether you’re a motorist, pedestrian, passenger, or railroad worker, you have the right to recover when injured in such an accident. If you or a loved one has been affected, your next call should be to Clayton, Frugé & Ward. Our Louisiana train accident attorneys have successfully resolved numerous high-stakes and complex injury claims, winning our clients the compensation they needed to pay off medical debt, replace their lost income, and build a stable future.

Learn your legal options at (225) 209-9943 in a free consultation.

Understanding FELA: Federal Employers Liability Act

Unlike many other industries, railroad employees don’t have the typical workers' compensation safety net. This is where the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) comes in. FELA allows railroad workers the right to seek compensation from their employers for injuries sustained on the job. The day-to-day risks of railroad work are not limited to immediate accidents. Employees face toxic exposure risks from substances like asbestos, lead, and benzene. Long-term health issues arising from such exposure could qualify for compensation under FELA, making it a critical avenue for justice for rail workers.

Pedestrian Injuries & Railroad Negligence

In many areas, particularly busy thoroughfares, stretches of railroad suffer from neglect. Neglect leads to poor visibility, malfunctioning crossties, and worn or warped rails. These conditions create environments ripe for accidents.

Aside from infrastructural issues, accidents frequently occur due to train-related issues or operator neglect. 

Common causes of train accidents include the following:

  • Operator inattentiveness
  • Defective brakes
  • Excessive speed
  • Insufficient warning when approaching a crossing

 Each of these factors can be traced back to some form of negligence on the part of the rail company. Understanding and addressing these causes is crucial for rail companies to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of passengers, crew, and the public. Regular training, rigorous safety protocols, and proactive maintenance are key strategies in mitigating the risks associated with train operations.

Why Choose Clayton, Frugé & Ward for Your Louisiana Train Accident Claim

Railroad accidents are far from straightforward, often involving multiple government entities and complex litigation under laws like FELA. Such intricacies demand experience with federal claims and railroad disasters, which our Louisiana railroad accident attorneys can offer. Justice in these cases often requires the willingness to go to trial. Our firm is renowned for its trial skill; we have secured over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients in total, including the largest single-injury verdict in state history. With this proven track record, we represent your strongest chance for a favorable outcome.

Your best chance at understanding your legal options following a serious accident is through a one-on-one consultation with our experienced team. Call us today for a free consultation at (225) 209-9943.

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