Personal Injury Railroad Accidents

railroad accident111With more than 185,000 mile of railway track in the United States Rail Road Accidents are inevitable. Below you will find content about railroad accidents and their statistics. You will also find some information on what to do in the event you are injured in a railroad accident. Follow one of the links directly below for relevant information.

 

Railroad Crossing Accidents:
In 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration estimates that there were more than 11,000 railway-crossing accidents nationwide.

There are more than 550 railroads in the United States. Railroad crossings are very dangerous, and do present the potential for collision.

According to the Bureau of Transportation, in 2004 it was estimated that there were more than 890 railroad fatalities and nearly 8500 railway injuries in the United States.

In 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration estimates 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 single train accidents.

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.

When collisions between automobiles and trains happen, the results are almost always tragic and frequently fatal. These types of collisions can be caused by a lot of different factors, including the failure to properly mark the crossing, failure to put up gates or to move a train through a crossing without sounding the proper warning whistles. Inadequate visibility to allow cars to cross safely also causes a lot of these types of accidents.

Although these types of collisions occur most often in rural areas and at crossings that do not have electric signals and gates, they also occur in the city and at crossings that do have signals and gates. Trains have the right of way in Colorado, but train engineers and crews must nonetheless comply with the requirements regarding speed, warnings and crossing maintenance.

There are many laws, both State and Federal, which apply to railroad operation. Most of the time, the condition of the crossing is the obligation of the railroad company to maintain safely.

Trains have the right of way in Colorado, but train engineers and crews must nonetheless comply with the requirements regarding speed, warnings and crossing maintenance.

Railroad crossing types of cases are a particular challenge for personal injury attorneys and prompt expert investigation and case analysis is critical to the successful outcome of such a case.

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