Many railroaders are entitled to contractual benefits if they are injured when they are riding in, or getting on or off, an off-track vehicle authorized by the Carrier and are either deadheading under orders or being transported at the Carrier’s expense. These benefits are paid as long as the contractual requirements are met, without regard to fault. This benefit was negotiated by railroad unions and made a part of many collective bargaining agreements in the industry. Injured railroaders and their families may be entitled to automatic payment under this plan for death or dismemberment, medical and hospital expenses, and time lost.
The Off Track Vehicle Agreement exists separately from any rights the individual may have to pursue a claim under the Federal Employers Liaiblity Act (FELA). If you are injured in an off-track vehicle while working for the railroad, make sure you immediately discuss with your union representative whether you are covered by this agreement. You must provide the Carrier prompt notice of a claim, so do not wait. Also contact a railroad lawyer to discuss whether additional compensation is available under the FELA.