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Train & Railroad Accident Statistics

As startling as it may seem, a train collision or derailment occurs approximately every 90 minutes in the United States. Once every two weeks, a train carrying toxic or hazardous materials goes off the tracks.

Each year, thousands of people are injured in train and railroad accidents around the country. Railroad companies have a legal obligation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) to keep workers and passengers safe, and to protect them from an unnecessary risk of injury. When these corporations fail to abide by FELA requirements, innocent people can suffer catastrophic injuries or exposure to chemicals that can leave them permanently impaired and disabled.

Free Train & Railroad Accident Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a train or railroad accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a train accident personal injury suit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

As startling as it may seem, a train collision or derailment occurs approximately every 90 minutes in the United States. Once every two weeks, a train carrying toxic or hazardous materials goes off the tracks. These accidents can have a devastating impact on workers, passengers, and the environment. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), about 3,000 train and railroad accidents occur around the country, causing 1,000 or more deaths each year.

How Do Train Accidents Occur?

Train and railroad accidents may occur due to:

  • collisions with another train
  • derailments
  • collision with a car or bus
  • mechanical failure that leads to an accident
  • inadequate security on the train
  • dated and unsuitably maintained tracks
  • conductor negligence

FRA statistics show that railroad crossing accidents are the greatest health hazard from trains for the general public. It has been estimated that over 80% of railroad crossings lack adequate warning devices, which can leave drivers and pedestrians unaware that a train is approaching until it is too late. Additionally, poor equipment maintenance and training by the railroad companies, as well as negligence on the part of railroad workers, can all combine to increase the likelihood of a train or railroad accident.

Railroad Worker Injuries

Due to the hazardous nature of their duties, railroad workers are constantly vulnerable to a variety of serious and potentially catastrophic personal injuries that may leave them permanently disabled or unable to work as a result of their disabilities. Commonly reported injuries suffered by railroad workers include:

  • slips and falls from improper use of railroad ballast
  • chronic injuries to the lower body
  • repetitive motion injuries
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • carpel tunnel syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • toxic exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • mesothelioma
  • asbestosis
  • lung cancer

Railroad Injuries in the United States

Despite the declining use of passenger trains, railroad accidents continue to injure and kill innocent people and railroad workers at an alarming rate. Over the past decade, almost 20,000 train accidents have occurred in the United States. Even though people are not always harmed in railroad accidents involving a collision or derailment, physical train accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in the U.S. Since 2000, the number of total railroad accidents has remained steady, even though overall railroad use has continued to drop.

Do You Have a Train & Railroad Accident Lawsuit?

The Workplace & Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in train and railroad accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Train & Railroad Accident Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured in a train or railroad accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a train or railroad accident injury suit and we can help.

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