Train Accident Lawyers in Austin
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there are more than 3,000 train accidents every year. In addition, the FRA reports that most rail crossings are inadequate with more than 80% lacking sufficient warning signals and equipment. In the state of Texas in 2012 alone, there were 271 train accidents, along with 44 derailments and 24 fatalities. Many were clearly due to insufficient warning signals and defective equipment.
Capital MetroRail is one of Austin’s regional public transportation options. The metro rail runs along 32 miles of track between Leander and downtown Austin and often reaches speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. While Capital MetroRail is a fairly inexpensive way to travel, its rail line is wrought with accidents and fatalities. Most of these accidents involve both rail car/motor vehicle collisions, and many are directly related to poor or inadequate signage. In fact, many of the MetroRail crossings only have a crossbuck sign (an X-shaped symbol at railroad crossings) or a stop sign warning of the train crossing. All but one of the thirteen private crossings for the MetroRail have just the crossbuck sign with no flashing lights or crossing arms to warn of oncoming trains.
Awards & Recognition
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2016-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2017-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2016-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2016 – 2020) & BURGESS WILLIAMS (2016-2017) BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2021), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2020-2021), & CHRISTINA HAGEN (2021) BY SUPER LAWYERS (A THOMPSON REUTERS COMPANY)
MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2017-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2020), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2019-2020), COLE GUMM (2019-2020), CHRISTINA HAGEN (2020) & BRENDAN MCQUAID (2020)
LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA & JOE CAPUTO
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA IN 2015, 2016, 2017, AND 2020
AWARDED TO JOE CAPUTO (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP IN 2018 BY INC.
Awarded to John C (Jack) Zinda (2021) by the American Association for Justice
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Human Error or Negligence
Quite often, train accidents and fatalities are the result of human error or negligence, such as:
- Failure to yield at train crossings
- Driving around crossing arms when down
- Trying to beat the train to the crossing
- Stopping on the tracks
- Flashing lights don’t work
- Poor maintenance of warning equipment
- Poor design of equipment
- Tracks in disrepair
- Fires and explosions
- Bridge and tunnel collapses
- Faulty tracks
- Incorrect operation of signals and equipment
- Allowing two trains onto the same track
Train accidents result in widespread property damage as well as injury and death due to the size and weight of the train. Many crashes can be traced to the intentional acts of other people such as:
- Deliberate vandalism
- Fires and explosions
- Sabotage or terrorism
- People on the tracks
Whether due to poor signage, faulty equipment, human error or deliberate sabotage, these crashes cause great harm and damage and often result in life altering injuries or death.
We Can Help You
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed, due to human error or a deliberate act, we want to help you. Call the attorneys at Zinda Law Group today. Our attorneys understand the complexities that arise from train accidents and we know how to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and disfigurement. We also understand that medical treatment can be very expensive and we can help you get your medical bills paid and get the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. Let the experienced Austin Personal Injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group help you today by calling us at (800) 863-5312 for a free no fee consultation.