WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
US DOT reports over 5,800 train accidents each year in the United States, taking the lives of 600 people and injuring 2,300. These accidents are catastrophic and, many, completely avoidable. Railroad trains weigh several hundred tons and travel at speeds near 60 miles per hour, though they may appear to be moving slowly when you are driving past a train in your car, it is important to remember that not only are they traveling at high speeds, they are limited to the track and cannot veer or swerve to avoid hitting you.
Train Accident Litigation
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A CASE
There are different reasons why train accidents happen. Consider the following to see if you have a case after being involved in a train accident
- Mechanical Failure
- Sometimes for unforeseen reasons machines do not function the way they are supposed to. Warning lights don’t come on, emergency brakes fail, etc. Many train accidents are a result of such mechanical failure.
- Failure to Maintain
- Mechanical failure can, at times, be the result of poor maintenance. When a train is not well maintained integral parts of the train, such as the engine, can fail. Poor maintenance of the rail may also result in injury or casualties.
- Human Error
- Conductor mistakes, drivers who think they can out run the train, railway employees who have improperly loaded the train are just a few of the human errors that can lead to catastrophic train accidents.
- Weather Conditions
- Even in the best weather conditions the average train is 1 to 1 ¼ miles long with 90-120 cars, traveling at 55 miles per hour it would take over a mile to stop.
- Railway Collisions
- Miscommunication between trains about which tracks are operational, or in-use can cause multi-train collisions.
- Excessive Speeds
- Trains traveling at speeds greater than what is recommended will take longer to stop in emergency situations, which can lead to injury or death.
- Derailment is when the train leaves the tracks causing property damage, injury or death. There are many causes of derailment including rail breaks, collisions with objects of the track, excessive speeds, and/or misaligned rails.
- Passive or Inadequately Marked Crossings
- Poorly marked crossings are those with inadequate warning signs before a railroad crossing, broken or missing signs, posted signs that are difficult to see while traveling.
Train accidents can cause a variety of injuries from minor scrapes and bruises to broken bones, severe trauma or death. Depending on the extent of these injuries they can lead to extended hospital stays, lost wages, difficult rehabilitation periods, permanent debilitation or handicap requiring lifelong assistance. If you have been in a train accident and been seriously injured or experienced the loss a loved one call Brigham Cluff and David Cluff to get the settlement for which you are entitled. Brigham Cluff and David Cluff have the experience you need on your side to fight for your justice. We will champion your case to the insurance companies so you don’t become a victim all over again.
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