What is the Federal Railroad Administration?

Mark Glen Sokoloff, Esq, New York City FELA attorney, discusses the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety standards and what it means for railroads. Hach & Rose, LLP fights for union railroad worke…

Well, the FRA is the Federal Railroad Administration – they inspect the railroad for the federal government. And all the carriers across the country, no matter what carrier it is – Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Railroad, Conrail, Metro North – they all have to live up to FRA standards of safety. So there are periodic inspections that have to be met, there are checklists for the locomotives, because the federal government has an interest for safe trains. They can’t have trains constantly hitting each other. You know, that’s bad.

So the railroad has to live up to these rules. Now if a worker gets injured as a result of a violation of an FRA standard, like a switch that’s bent or a rail that’s bent or something that should have been inspected. Or the locomotive – if something went wrong with the locomotive. If one of those defects were a standard that was violated, that was propagated by the FRA, the worker gets a directed verdict. There’s no comparative negligence. The worker can’t be considered partially responsible for the injury and they’re very strong cases.

If you have been injured due to negligence of an FRA standard, speak with a New York FELA attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, at 212-779-0057 for legal representation.

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