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Train & Railroad Accidents

Experienced Rail Accident Attorneys

Train and railroad accidents cause thousands of injuries and accidents every year. In 2011 alone, there were 4,273 train and railroad accidents/incidents resulting in 290 fatalities. One reason train accidents are so destructive is because of their propensity to affect so many people at once. Train and railroad accidents usually fall into one of two categories: those involving railroad employees injured on the job, and those involving non-rail workers injured in a train accident. Whether the accident involves a railroad employee, train passenger, or innocent motorist, the results are often swift and catastrophic.

RAILROAD WORKER ON-THE JOB INJURIES

Railroad workers include those involved in railroad construction as well as those working on the train itself. These workers are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which mandates that workers injured or killed on the job are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from the accident. These accidents can be caused by:

  • Improper supervision
  • Human error
  • Poor working conditions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Hazardous equipment
  • Equipment failure
  • Inadequate safety measures
  • Failure to follow safety regulations

TRAIN PASSENGER INJURIES

Train passengers can be injured or killed when the train they are on is involved in a collision. These accidents can be caused by:

  • Conductor negligence
  • Mechanical failure
  • Outdated train tracks
  • Poor track maintenance
  • Train derailment
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Collision with a vehicle
  • Collision with another train
NON-TRAIN PASSENGER/ RAILROAD WORKER INJURIES

Other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians can also be injured or killed as a result of a train accident. These can be caused by:

  • Driver error
  • Conductor negligence
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Defective rail crossing signs
TRAIN AND RAILROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICS
  • Every 115 minutes, either a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
  • People are 40 times more likely to die when involved in a collision with a train than when involved in a collision with another car, bus, or truck.
  • If a 150-car freight train is traveling 50 miles per hour, it will take over a mile to stop.
  • Nearly half of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where automatic warning devices such as flashing lights or flashing lights with gates are present and are functioning properly.

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