Train Crash

Train Accident Injuries

There are about 3,000 train accidents that result in about 1,000 deaths each year. Even a “minor” incident with a train can cause catastrophic injury or death due to the massive size and weight of the locomotive. Train accident lawsuits are complicated, often involving multiple responsible parties, and train accidents are subject to different laws, standards, and statutes of limitations than most Automobile accident lawsuits.

Types Of Train Accidents

Railroad crossing accidents
Railroad crossing accidents can involve cars or trucks being struck or pedestrians being run over. People have even been known to take their own lives by parking on a railroad crossing and waiting for a train. Common causes of railroad crossing accidents include:

  • Defective signals or gates
  • Trains that fail to sound their horns when approaching crossings
  • Trains that fail to use their lights when approaching crossings
  • Trains parked too close to a crossing
  • Crossings obstructed by plants and other objects
  • Objects protruding from the train

Derailments
Derailments cause the most widespread damage. Train derailments are almost always the result of failure to follow established safety standards but may also be caused by:

  • Faulty tracks
  • Obstacles on the tracks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Too much cargo weight

No collision
Train accidents do not always involve a collision or derailment. Pedestrians and bystanders can slip and fall under trains and be crushed. Any lawsuit where a train or railroad is involved requires the special expertise of an experienced train accident attorney. Click below for your free case review today.