Train Accident Lawsuits

With their relatively slow speed and their position on set tracks, trains seem like a fairly safe form of transportation. But statistics show that roughly 3,000 train accidents occur each year.

Train accidents may be caused by a number of factors, including conductor error, misaligned tracks, or weather-related incidents. If you've suffered an injury in a train accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover from damages.

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Train Accident Statistics and Causes

According to sources, roughly 3,000 people are injured and as many as 1,000 passengers are killed in train accidents each year.

Train accidents may also harm people who aren't on the train. Every two weeks a train derailment causes a chemical spill, which harms the environment and leads to potential health problems for people who live near the site of the spill.

These high accident rates are not a fluke, as several features of trains make them susceptible to accidents. These features include:

  • Highway crossings. Perhaps the most dangerous parts of a train ride are the periods of time when the train crosses a highway. Cars often speed through railroad crossings without thinking, as evidence by a 2011 Amtrak accident in Nevada in which six people were killed after a truck driver ignored warnings and sped into the train's path.
  • Derailment. Trains go where the rails take them. Passengers may file train accident lawsuits if a train derails due to excess speed or poor rail maintenance.
  • Train-on-train collisions. On densely packed railways, trains may collide with one another, especially if railway switches are frozen or misplaced. These incidents often lead to serious injuries.

These common causes of train accidents are not intended to alarm you. They are simply meant to show the types of incidents that may lead to a personal injury claim.

Find a Local Train Accident Attorney

The common theme running through most train accident lawsuits is that some train employee was negligent. This may be a conductor, or someone who services the train or tracks. Of course, other parties may also be found negligent, including reckless car drivers who show up uninvited in the middle of the tracks.

The laws in your state govern who you can sue, and what types of train accidents you may sue for. Before filing a lawsuit, many people prefer to consult with an injury attorney in their area.

For more information about your legal options after a train accident, contact a local injury lawyer today.

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