The United States freight network consists of 140,000 miles of railways, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This $60 billion industry provides numerous jobs and public benefits. However, railroads require continuous maintenance and care. Railroads are private organizations and are responsible for their own upkeep and improvements.
Louisiana’s Rail System
Louisiana’s freight system carries millions of tons of freight each year. Our railways are essential for shipping products throughout the U.S. Louisiana has six large Class 1 railroads and 14 smaller, local railroads that transport goods such as oil. In addition to transporting freight, Amtrak provides passenger transportation services for Louisiana residents.
Train and Railroad Accidents
Railroads and trains can be dangerous. Nearly 221,000 people are employed by the railroad industry. Hundreds of people are killed and hundreds more are injured each year by train accidents. In 2015, the FRA reported more than 2,000 train collisions.
Train Company Negligence
Railroad companies are responsible for properly training workers on safety as well as maintaining equipment, train tracks, and crossing signals. If the company failed to protect workers or keep the public safe, the company may be liable for negligence. If you or a loved one was involved in a train accident, whether you were working on the railroad or were involved in a collision while crossing train tracks, contact an attorney immediately. Greenwald Law Firm can provide the legal expertise needed to determine negligence and represent you against train company insurance and
Greenwald Law Firm LLC has experience representing clients across Louisiana for almost 20 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train or railroad accident, know your legal rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 318-219-7867.