According the to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Safety Analysis, there were a total of 2,587 accidents/incidents reported from January 2013 to March 2013, including 189 fatalities. These train accidents have caused injury or death to passengers and others who may have been a pedestrian or passenger in a car hit by the train.
The FRA defines an accident as “an event involving ontrack rail equipment that results in monetary damage.” An incident is “any impact between a rail and a highway user at a crossing site, regardless of severity. Includes motor vehicles and other highway/roadway/sidewalk users at both public and private crossings.” This also includes any event that resulted in a death or injury.
The most common causes of train accidents are improperly maintained tracks, derailment, train scheduling, mechanical failure or human error. In Colorado, visibility issues have also played a role in numerous crashes.
The railroad industry has made great progress in improving railroad safety throughout the years. There have been substantial investments in new infrastructure and equipment, widespread employee training and safety-enhancing technologies that have produced an improved safety record. Despite the improvement, injuries and even deaths continue to occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, the experienced attorneys and staff at The Bendinelli Law Firm will work hard to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.
We tell our clients- we want you to concentrate on the important things: getting healthy and returning to your day-to-day life, while our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the train company and their insurance provider.
Contact the qualified train accident lawyers at The Bendinelli Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.