Dallas Railroad and Train Accident Lawyer
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd. Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219
Call (214) 307-0000
Railroad accidents can lead to devastating injuries that can lead to medical
bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as a lifetime of
disability. In many cases these accidents result in deaths that deprive
a family of its chief wage earner. On this page we will take a look at
railroad accidents the legal options available to insure that the victims
of these accidents, and their families, receive compensation for their
injuries and losses.
Causes of Railroad Accidents
Although there are usually multiple factors that contribute to railroad
and train accidents, a number of contributing conditions appear to be
involved more frequently than others. The more-frequently cited causes are:
• Human error, including engineer and conductor negligence
• Accidents at unprotected railroad crossings
• Stalled cars on the track
• Problems with the track due to improper maintenance
Recovering Damages and Railroads
It is your legal right to receive compensation for your injuries that were
caused by the negligence of a railroad, its subcontractors, and their
employees. However, the type of railroad involved will determine both
the court in which your case will be heard and the amount of damages that
may be awarded.
• Federal and Corporate Railroads
The only passenger railroad in the United States is the National Railroad
Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak. In Texas, Amtrak’s
operations are the Texas Eagle (Chicago to San Antonio), the Sunset Limited
(New Orleans to Los Angeles), and the Heartland Flyer (Oklahoma City to
The majority of railroads that operate in Texas are investor-owned and
organized as corporations. These railroad corporations range from those
that operate only within the state (“short line”) to the large
interstate freight carriers such as the Union Pacific (UP) and the Burlington
Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF).
Generally, lawsuits seeking to recover damages for injuries that arise
from the negligence of federal and corporate railroads are heard in state
courts but can, in certain circumstances, be heard in a federal district court.
• Municipal Railroads
Municipal railroads such as the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or the
Houston METRO rail lines are commuter railroads and are responsible to
their respective city or county governmental agency, the Texas Railroad
Commission and, indirectly, the Federal Railroad administration.
The Texas Tort Claims Act and Municipal Railroads
The Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA) was enacted to give those injured by a
department or an agency that is run by the state, a county, or a city
government the right to sue that government for damages. While the TTCA
makes it easier to sue a government in Texas, it also works to protect
a state or local government from large financial losses that could occur
after a lawsuit by placing a limit (“cap”) on the total amount
of damages that can be awarded for a given injury. These TTCA caps on
• State of Texas or a City: $250,000 per person / $500,000per incident.
• County: $100,000 / $300,000.00 per incident.
Injuries that involve a municipal railroad are subject to a cap on damages
that will not cover your medical and other expenses. If your injury was
due to a municipal railroad, you should contact a railroad accident attorney
as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
Injured? You Need the Dallas Railroad and Train Accident Lawyer
Identifying those responsible for railroad and train accidents can be a
time-consuming and tedious process. Even after the responsible parties
have been identified, the legal processes necessary to prove liability
and then take those parties to court can add yet another round of complexity
to an already complex problem.
If you were injured in a railroad or train accident and want to protect
your legal right to be compensated for your injuries, your first move
should be to contact the Dallas railroad and train accident lawyer at
the Doan law Firm by calling (214) 307-0000 to schedule your free consultation
concerning the facts of your case and the legal remedies that are available to you.
When you contact our Dallas railroad and train accident lawyer, your initial
consultation is always free and without further obligation. Should you
decide that we should manage your railroad accident injury case, we will
absorb all the fees and any other costs that will be necessary for us
to win your case.
At our firm, we will never ask for payment in advance for any of our services
and we will accept an agreed-upon percentage of your final settlement
as payment in full for our services.
The Doan Law Firm is located at:
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219