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Train Accident Cases
Our attorneys represent victims of train accidents and negligence at railroad crossings.
According to the National Traffic Safety Board, the federal agency responsible for investigating plane and train wrecks, problems with train tracks related are responsible for as many as 1000 accidents a year. Track related failure is the largest single cause of train derailments and major accidents, including the Amtrak crash of the California Zephyr east of Des Moines, Iowa which killed one, seriously injured 15 and resulted in more than 75 other injuries.
Track Failure and Derailments
Track derailments are caused by a number of factors, most stemming from poorly maintained sections of track. Often the two tracks loosen and separate over time resulting in what is called "wide gage", when this occurs the distance between the two rails expands creating a dangerous condition.
Other failures can occur as the track warps or develops weak points after heavy use. Many accidents result from faulty switches and equipment used to move trains and freight at turnouts and junctures where trains are routed to different locations.There are an estimated 223,000 miles of track in the US, regrettably much of it goes un-inspected and un-maintained for long periods.
Only after a catastrophic failure and major accident do the rail and tracks get the proper inspection. By then it is, of course, too late. Lawyers representing the injured can argue that the accident could have been prevented through proper track inspection and track maintenance by the railroad companies.
Railroad Crossing Accidents
When a ordinary motorist comes into contact with
a train, the results are predictably horrific, in fact an ordinary motorist
is estimated to be thirty times more likely to be killed in a collision
with a train than with any other type of vehicle. The famous 20th century
artist N.C Wyeth and his grandson were killed in a car train collision,
after their car stalled on the tracks of a railroad crossing. Each year there are around 500 people killed at rail crossings,
and more than 1,800 injured in such accidents.
We represent victims of train accidents, on board or at railroad crossings, who are injured by railroad negligence. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury related to a railroad or train accident, please contact us to discuss the legal issues you need to address.
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