According to the Federal Railroad Administration, nearly 8,000 Americans are injured every year in railroad accidents. Roughly 700 of those annual injuries are fatal. These numbers include employees, passengers, commuters at road crossings and others.
Types of Train Accidents
Railway accidents can affect one person who slips and falls onto the tracks, or an entire neighborhood when a train is derailed. Train accidents can take many forms, including:
- Pedestrians being struck by a train
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Train collision with an automobile
- Train collision with another train
- Train derailment
Injuries that result from a train accident can often be far more catastrophic than those suffered in other accidents, often requiring extensive medical treatment and long-term therapy and care. Tragically, many train accident injuries result in death.
Negligence in a Train Crash
Railroad companies have an obligation to ensure the safety of their employees, passengers and the communities through which they travel. If an injury occurs because the railroad company neglected to provide sufficient safety conditions, equipment or training, the company may be held liable for failing to keep the public or employee safe.
Our train accident lawyers will aggressively fight for your rights if you have suffered an injury due to any form of railroad company negligence, such as:
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Failing to maintain railroad crossings
- Overworking employees
- Improperly maintaining trains or equipment
- Failing to perform frequent inspections
- Improperly or inadequately training employees
- Failing to establish a safe working environment
Light Rail Accident Lawyers
As the light rail expands across the nation and throughout its communities, more and more people are affected by train crossings. For those who are unfamiliar with an area or light rail itself, the chances of tracks and crossings creating a hazard increase dramatically.
Light rail accidents are preventable, and the responsible parties must be held accountable. Our knowledgeable and diligent train accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the cause and details surrounding your light rail accident to determine whether the light rail operator was at fault, or the city is at fault for poorly designing or maintaining the traffic crossings and signage.