Excessive Train Speed
Railroad employees should be able to trust their employers to err on the side of safety when it comes to any concerns about train traveling speeds. However, whether due to hiring dangerous conductors or pushing their crews to adhere to unreasonable schedules, railroad companies may endanger their employees due to excessive train speed. As a result of this lack of proper safety precautions, employees can suffer serious injuries in speed-related accidents that could have been prevented by their company’s compliance with locomotive speed and safety regulations.
Dangers of Excessive Train Speed
Determining and managing a train’s optimal operating speed is a crucial part of any railroad company’s safety regulations. If a company fails to attend to this important safety concern, the following issues may arise:
- Derailment from taking a sharp turn too quickly
- Avoidable collisions due to lack of braking distance
- Collisions or derailment because there was not enough time for railroad switch operators to make adjustments to the track
These entirely avoidable safety concerns should be addressed by a railroad company before any accidents occur. If an employee is injured because of a company’s lack of action regarding speed regulations, he or she may be eligible to file for full compensation through FELA rather than workers’ comp.
If you have suffered in a train accident while at work due to improper speed regulation, you may be entitled to file for compensation under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). For a free consultation about the steps you should take regarding your case, contact the railroad accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.