You have legal rights under the Safety Appliance Act if it is discovered the railroad failed to properly maintain essential components on freight cars. This law provides safety regulations for basic components of a freight car. This means if you were seriously injured by a defective freight car component that is listed in the law, the railroad is liable for your injuries. A contributory negligence defense, which is basically the railroad saying you caused the accident, is not applicable under the Safety Appliance Act. To learn more, watch this video and then contact our firm for a free consultation.