Until the Twentieth Century, most Americans never traveled more than 100 miles from the place they were born. Then came the trains, planes, and automobiles. And these new inventions changed the way Americans live and the way we travel. But unfortunately, every new form of transportation also gives rise to new dangers.
As Train Crash Attorneys, we have seen many safety improvements in rail travel, including safer seat design, and technological improvements that regulate train operation and limit operator error. However, we have seen an increase in accidents due to texting by engineers and drivers. Distracted driving contributes to many train crash accidents each year.
Trains can cause serious injury and even death in a number of ways: trains can crash into each other, the line may be defective and derail the train, or the driver may be acting irresponsibly and going too fast, resulting in a train not being able to take a curve at that speed. Other factors causing train accidents might be engineer error, where the engineer is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or distracted by texting. Mobile phone use has become a serious concern for railroad safety, whether it’s the train engineer or an inattentive motorist using a cell phone.
Railroad Crossing Accidents
In the most recent year for which figures are available, 14 train passengers died from injuries caused by a train accident. However, over 900 fatalities involved auto accidents at railroad crossings or pedestrians who were struck by a train.
During the day, 75% of all car and train collisions involve the train hitting the car. It’s different after nightfall when 50% of all railroad crossing accidents involve the car crashing into the train. Night time accidents are typically caused by an inadequately marked crossing. The US Department of Transportation notes that 80% of railroad crossings are inadequately marked.
Most accidents involving a train and an automobile at a railroad crossing are caused not by human error but by inadequate warning signs and signals, or by defective barrier/guardrail equipment. A motorist injured by a train, whether at a railroad crossing or anywhere else on or off the train, may be able to make a claim for his or her injuries.
How Do I Find Out If I Can Make A Train Accident Claim?
That’s easy, call the Train Accident Lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP for a free and confidential consultation. Don’t delay as there are strict time limitations for making a train crash or railroad crossing claim. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658 to learn more about making a railroad accident claim.