Railroad Accidents

As of 2003, there were nearly 550 rail­roads in the United States, and in 2004, it was esti­mated that there were more than 890 rail­road fatal­i­ties and nearly 8,500 injuries in the United States, accord­ing to the Bureau of Trans­porta­tion Sta­tis­tics. In 2005, the Fed­eral Rail­road Admin­is­tra­tion esti­mated that there were more than 11,000 railway-crossing acci­dents nationwide.

The most com­mon types of train acci­dents are col­li­sions with other trains, col­li­sions with pas­sen­ger vehi­cles and pedes­tri­ans, and sin­gle train acci­dents. These types of acci­dents may be caused by improp­erly main­tained cross­ings that are not prop­erly marked, lit and/or fail to have proper warn­ing signs, con­duc­tor inat­ten­tion and error, or mechan­i­cal fail­ure. Absent, inad­e­quate, or mal­fuc­tion­ing warn­ings at rail­road cross­ings cause and con­tribute to col­li­sions.  Accord­ing to the Fed­eral Rail­road Admin­is­tra­tion, more than half of all rail­road acci­dents occur at unpro­tected cross­ings and over 80 per­cent of rail­road cross­ings don’t have ade­quate warn­ing devices.

Train and rail­road acci­dent law can be com­pli­cated and, as a result, it is impor­tant to con­tact a lawyer pre­pared to to help you through the process of deter­min­ing what hap­pened, who is respon­si­ble, and what your legal options are. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train or rail­road acci­dent, please con­tactone of the attor­neys at Cline Far­rell Christie Lee & Bell for a free con­sul­ta­tion. We look for­ward to hear­ing from you and we wel­come the oppor­tu­nity to serve and assist you.