Train Accident Lawsuits
Trains have become one of the world’s most convenient modes of transportation. Still, several major crashes and scores of lesser-known accidents have demonstrated that rail travel is not without its risks. Passengers on the train, bystanders in a train station, railyard workers, and occupants of other vehicles struck by a train – our train accident lawyers recognize the dangers trains present, and we understand that most train crashes could have been prevented had those responsible taken some basic safety measures.
Train Accident Causes
In evaluating and investigating rail crash cases, our train accident lawyers have seen that accidents involving trains and other rail systems have many different causes, including:
Human error: Like other transportation and transit workers, train operators must remain alert and vigilant at all times while in control. Anything less than full attention and alertness magnifies the odds of a train crash occurring. Fatigue, drowsiness, distraction, and substance abuse are common causes of train accidents caused by human error.
Mechanical failure: Many passenger trains are complex, high-speed transit systems that rely on electronic regulation while others operate more manually. Whatever the case, any element of the train or overall train system that isn’t functioning properly can spell disaster when a train is in motion.
Weather conditions: Heavy rain, snow, and high winds can cause track erosion or create a buildup of debris on the tracks that can interfere with the train’s operation. Poor weather is a commonly cited reason for train derailments, underscoring the critical need for constant track oversight and maintenance.
Track, roadbed, or structural defects: Railroad tracks can become damaged, warp, or weaken with age and exposure to environmental conditions and natural shifts in the earth, all of which could lead to a derailment if not closely inspected and repaired.
Other Train-Related Failures
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis records and categorizes all fatal and non-fatal rail-related incidents and accidents nationwide. These include:
Railroad crossing incidents: Lack of warning signs, inoperable crossing guards, and steep crossing grades are some of the reasons why vehicles collide with trains at railroad crossings.
Railyard Injuries: Railyard work and maintenance involve operating heavy, noisy machinery directly on and near active tracks. Any miscommunication or other error between train operators, control centers, and workers can result in a collision.
Train station injuries: Many injuries occur every year to train passengers boarding, deboarding, or simply waiting for a train.
Lack of Positive Train Control (PTC) or other speed-regulating system: Some speed-related Amtrak accidents have resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries because the rail system lacked an electronic speed regulating system to prevent high-speed collisions and derailments.
Train Crash Injuries
Our train accident lawyers know the types of injuries train accidents can cause, many of which are worsened by the lack of passenger restraints and entrapment. Some of the injuries passengers and train workers sustain in a rail crash include:
- Broken or crushed limbs
- Severe burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal organ injuries
- Multiple catastrophic injuries resulting in death
Contact a Bus or Train Accident Attorney
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