If a Connecticut train is moving along the tracks and a negligent driver is nearby, it could possibly lead to disaster. Railroad accidents often occur when cars try to beat a train at a crossroads. In such situations, if employees of the railroad were to be injured, they would typically file claims to collect benefits under the Federal Employers Liability Act. This is the system that provides injury benefits to workers and also allows workers to sue their employers if they believe they are liable for their injuries.
A recent tragedy in another state involved a car and two locomotives. Police say they think the motorist was trying to beat the gate but failed to make it through the crossroads before two opposite-bound trains collided with it. Both trains combined were carrying approximately 1,000 passengers.
Multiple people on the trains suffered injuries in the crash. Police say the impact of the collision was so severe, the vehicle was difficult to identify. There were three people traveling together in the car at the time. None of them survived the accident.
When railroad accidents occur in Connecticut or elsewhere, they often result in catastrophic injuries or death. Those who survive such accidents may be left with partial or full permanent disabilities that make it impossible for them to return to work. When recovering victims are employees of the railroad, they may want to discuss their situations with an attorney who is well-versed in railroad litigation laws, especially if they plan to file personal injury claims in court.