Locomotive Mechanical Failures
A railway company has a responsibility to its employees and passengers to perform comprehensive inspections and regular maintenance on its locomotives. This can help prevent any mechanical failures that may arise due to faulty or worn-out train parts. Frustratingly, though, not all train companies discharge this important duty, potentially resulting in malfunctions that can cause severe train accidents. However, train company employees may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, or FELA.
Consequences of Improper Maintenance
Regularly scheduled inspections and prompt repairs are crucial for the safe operation of trains. Should a train company fail to keep up with this basic responsibility, it may be held liable for the following mechanical failures:
- Wheel and track connectivity problems
- Car connector malfunction
- Brake failures
- Motor or boiler issues
- Electrical problems
These mechanical failures can lead to serious train accidents including derailments and collisions, potentially leaving those onboard with severe injuries. Fortunately, however, injured employees may be entitled to compensation from their negligent employers through FELA. This compensation can help cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the accident.
If you’ve sustained an injury in a train accident because your employer failed to perform proper, thorough maintenance on the locomotive, you may be eligible for compensation through a law known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. For more information about how this law works and how we may be able to help you pursue a FELA claim, contact the railroad accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.