Improper Line Switching
Train track switches are important features of railroads as they allow trains on the same track to bypass each other as well as switch tracks if necessary. Because these devices play an important role in train safety, railroad companies need to carefully monitor the status of track switches and correct any issues that may impede these crucial parts from working properly. However, if a railroad company fails to take action to maintain these essential track components, it may be held responsible for its actions if any employees are injured in accidents caused by switch failures.
The Dangers of Improper Line Switching
Properly maintained and operated track switches are necessary for the safe operation of a railway. If a railroad company doesn’t take action to keep these devices working correctly, the following issues may arise:
- Train collisions
- Train derailment
- Improperly locked train switches
- Train track gaps
These concerns rest primarily with the railroad company responsible for the tracks, making it liable in many instances if a switch failure leads to a railroad accident. Employees injured due to switch failures may be eligible to file their cases under the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA, for full compensation instead of solely seeking workers’ compensation.
If you’ve been injured because of a line switch failure while working for a railroad company, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your injuries through the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. To learn more about how to prepare a claim for compensation, contact an improper line switching lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.