Railroads reach almost every county in Mississippi. To see a map of the current reach of active tracks in Mississippi click here. Whether you are a passenger on an Amtrak route, an employee of a railroad in Mississippi, or you are involved in an accident with a train at a crossing, we can help you receive prompt and fair compensation for injuries caused by an incident involving a railroad. An accident is going to leave you overwhelmed with emotional, physical, and financial burdens. It is difficult to take care of these issues yourself while going the process of recovery. The money that we may be able to recover for you won’t change the past, but it can help you worry less about your future.
Injuries to Railroad Employees
Railroads are required by law to provide a reasonably safe workplace for the benefit and protection of their employees. They must provide a safe work environment, safe tools and equipment, adequate training, sufficient supervision, and adequate warning of potentially hazardous conditions. If a railroad employee is hurt or killed on the job, they or their families are able to seek compensation through the Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA). FELA enables injured railroad employees to seek compensation for loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and for disability.
Injuries to Railroad Passengers
Railroads are common carriers, and must provide transportation to anyone who pays the stated fare without prejudice. Railroads have an obligation to protect you if you are their passenger, and a duty to warn you of known dangers that exist along the way. While railroads are not an absolute insurer of your safety, they have a duty to protect you from hazards in passenger compartments, between cars, while boarding and unloading, and injuries from derailment.
Injuries to Railroad Crossing Accident Victims
If you are in your vehicle and are involved in an incident with a train, the train will win every time. A train accident is handled in much the same way as a “regular” vehicle accident case, with one notable exception. The lawyer that handles your railroad accident case must be familiar with the Federal Railroad Administration regulations (FRA) in order to properly represent you. The rules and regulations of the FRA are complex and specialized. They include regulations regarding accident reporting, alcohol and drug use by railroad employees, train brake systems, safety rules, transportation of hazardous materials, and hours of service. If an incident happens and the train was not in compliance with these regulations, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
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How we can help with your Railroad Accident
If you or your family or friends have been injured in a railroad accident, The Guthrie Firm is going to ensure you receive maximum compensation in the minimum time for your medical costs, your lost income, your pain and suffering, and all of the damages to which you may be entitled. Start the process by calling The Guthrie Firm, PLLC, at 601-991-1099 or toll-free at 866-991-1055 . Feel free to contact us by email as well. We will answer any questions you may have, and then get to work on your case when you want to proceed.