Posted on July 18th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Commerce Commission are working together in developing a plan to reduce railroad crossing accidents. The new regulations must be submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration for approval. The key concepts (Chicago Tribune) in the plan include:
- Closing as many crossings as possible to reduce potential conflicts with trains and vehicles. This incentive is generally viewed as unpopular in metro and rural areas due to heave vehicle traffic.
- Installing train-control technology to detect the presence of a trapped vehicle on tracks and provide advance warnings to locomotive engineers and railroad personnel. The estimated of installing such technology is estimated to be $700,000 per crossing
- Building overpasses or tunnels to separate rail and highway traffic. This option is the most expensive, estimated at $20 to $40 million per location
- Eliminating pedestrian crosswalks over tracks at passenger rail stations and installing fencing to deter pedestrians from trespassing onto tracks.
Railroad related accidents are frequently very expensive in regard to property damage and in human life and suffering. Death is frequently the result of a collision with a train and non-fatal injuries are frequently catastrophic in nature.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a railroad related accident?
If so, contacting an attorney with special skills and knowledge in the area of freight violations is important. As well, contacting the appropriate attorney as soon after the accident is essential to preserve many crucial facts of the investigation. The attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm have been practicing in the area of railroad related accidents for many years and are very knowledgeable about what kind of claim you may have and what kind of compensation you can qualify to receive.
On-the-Job Railroad Accident Injuries?
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees who are injured on the job to file a lawsuit to recover damages from his/her employeer when negligence occurred on the part of the employer or another employee. This act is not to be confused with Workers’ Compensation. Under conditions of FELA, the injured employee may recover punitive damages that they would not be entitled to under Workers’ Compensation, however, FELA is a complicated statute. Therefore, it is highly recommended that an injured employee or family of a killed employee to consult a FELA attorney in order to protect the victims rights.
At The Cagle Law Firm, an experienced St. Louis Accident Attorney can review your claim and help you file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident or injury or to help you to determine if you have a wrongful death claim or a claim for personal injury damages contact The Cagle Law Firm today. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at (314) 276-1681