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Causes of Train Accidents

June 18, 2011

Thousands of train accidents occur every year in the United States, many of them resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.


Thousands of train accidents occur every year in the United States, many of them resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. Train accidents are most often the result of a collision between a train and an automobile, a pedestrian, or another train. Other common types of train accidents involve derailment, a railroad crossing problem, or mechanical failure of the train. If you or someone in your family has been involved in a train accident, the advice and help of an attorney at this time can be crucial to your recovery. You may want to consider hiring a train accident attorney to assess your case and help you achieve fair compensation for the injuries and costs arising from a train accident.

Train accidents are often caused by railroad employees or company negligence. In fact, approximately 6,000 railroad employees are themselves hurt or killed in train accidents each year in the United States. In addition, each year there are approximately 20 to 25 accidents that involve trains that are carrying hazardous materials; these accidents cause injuries as well as environmental damage. Those who have the misfortune of merely being near such a release of hazardous material from a train can be severely injured or killed.

If you’ve been injured in a train accident, you have the right under federal law to seek monetary compensation from those at fault for the accident. The family of someone wrongfully killed in a train accident may also file a wrongful death lawsuit. Lawyers with a special focus on assisting train accident victims often provide the best representation in these cases due to the unique nature of these types of accidents.

Human Error – The Main Contributor to Train Accidents

According to the NTSB, 38 percent of train accidents that occurred in the United States from 2001 to 2005 were caused by human error. These avoidable accidents result in lives lost and millions of dollars in damages. If you have been injured in a train accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, consult an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for your case.

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