CSX Rail Terminal
Innovations in the shipping industry offer numerous benefits to our economy. At the same time, they can subject motorists to increased hazards as a greater number of freight carriers are introduced to surrounding traffic. One such innovation is the CSX rail terminal, considered the most technologically sophisticated intermodal terminal in the country. It uses enormous cranes to unload containers from trains directly onto trucks. But while the terminal certainly has its advantages, it will also increase the number of big rigs in our area, which can make the roads more dangerous for motorists. The attorneys at Moody Law have years of experience successfully handling truck accident lawsuits. These accidents frequently result in serious losses such as brain injuries or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident related to work at the CSX terminal, our attorneys serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, can determine whether the negligence of a driver or company is to blame, and help you collect the damages you deserve. Schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers today.
What is the CSX Rail Terminal?
Located off State Road 60 near Lake Wales, the rail terminal opened in early April 2014 and has been heralded as the first facility of its kind in the U.S. Also known as the Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center, the technologically advanced terminal will increase economic efficiency to an unprecedented level by using massive cranes to load and unload containers directly from trucks to trains. Once it reaches full operating capacity, the terminal is expected to process 300,000 containers a year.
How Will The Development Affect Local Drivers?
Not only will train traffic increase dramatically around Lakeland and Winter Haven (the terminal is adding two inbound and two outbound trains per day), but the number of freight carriers will also increase. Despite the innovative technology that will guide truck movement at the terminal, the increased number of trucks places other drivers at increased risk of accidents on nearby roadways. Additionally, the terminal is expected to increase local manufacturing developments in the future, with even more commercial traffic being generated. In fact, the property on State Road 60 has already been rezoned to accommodate a second business park.
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Our attorneys are highly trained in the complex area of trucking law. The Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are responsible for holding truck drivers and their employers to extremely strict safety standards. If you become injured as a result of negligence on the part of a truck driver or trucking company (including driver fatigue, defective equipment, or improper loading), you may be entitled to compensation to help you pay for hospital expenses and other losses.
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Economic growth should boost and strengthen a community, without endangering drivers in the area. If the CSX terminal has resulted in injury to you or a loved one, contact us today. One of our attorneys will be happy to discuss the circumstances of your accident and provide you with more information on how our services can protect your best interests.