Van Wrecks or Carryall Accidents
Carryall accidents are all too common. Carryall vans are often poorly maintained and in shoddy condition. The drivers are often undercompensated and overworked. Also, railroaders are often transported late at night when drunk drivers may be a problem.
This is one reason that every railroader should Maximize their Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Protection (UM/UIM) and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on their Personal Auto Insurance. When an uninsured or underinsured driver runs into a carryall your UM/UIM or PIP may cover you. If the carryall company causes a bad wreck and major injuries to its passengers, UMP or PIP may likewise cover an injured railroad worker.
In the event, that you are in a van wreck while at work, consult an FELA attorney experienced in handling on-duty collision cases. An expert FELA lawyer can help sort through the sometimes confusing claims and cross-claims that are typical in these cases.
Railroad Van Wreck Testimonials
Mr. Bubba Lear,Van Collision Accident Client, Beaumont, Texas
Mr. Chris Dowdy,Van Collision Accident Client, Glenmora, Louisiana
Railroad Van Wreck FELA Case SummariesKansas City Southern Engineer Injured Riding in Carry-All Van – 2007 Texas Settlement
Thirty-four year old railroad engineer suffered serious low back injury while riding as a passenger in railroad carry-all van when the driver accelerated off a curb. Upon impact the engineer immediately felt pain in his lower back. The engineer continued to work for several weeks despite his pain. The van driver failed to use a level driveway to exit the rail yard to the street. Also, the van driver had a reputation as a lead-footed driver. As a result of his injuries, the injured railroad worker had to undergo back surgery and was unable to return to his normal job at the Railroad. The Railroad and the van company argued driving off a curb from a rail yard is not unreasonable. The Defendants disputed the extent of the engineer’s injuries, blamed degeneration and claimed that he could return to work making substantial wages. Chris Dowdy v. PTI, Crane and The Kansas City Southern Railway. Bristol Baxley of the law firm of Rome Arata and Baxley, Houston, Texas, represented the injured railroad worker.Jefferson County Jury Verdict against Kansas City Southern Railway
Forty-two year old railroad engineer suffers serious neck injury while riding as a passenger in a company car. The railroad trainmaster driving the company car was in a hurry and backed into the light pole without braking or slowing down. The injured railroad worker’s neck was twisted and wrenched on impact. Although there was not a lot of damage to the car, the pole was knocked backwards causing it to lean. As a result of his injuries, the injured railroad worker had to undergo neck surgery and was unable to return to his normal job at the Railroad. The Railroad disputed the extent of the injuries and claimed that the need for surgery was not related to the injury. The jury found the Railroad to be negligent and found no negligence on the part of the railroad worker. The jury awarded damages of $1.05 million. Stanford v. Kansas City Southern Railway. Bristol Baxley, lead attorney, Houston, TX, represented the injured railroad worker.
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