Train Accidents

Every year there are about 3,000 train accidents causing about 1,000 deaths.  Even a "minor" incident with a train can cause catastrophic injury or death.  Train accident lawsuits are complicated, often involving multiple responsible parties.  Train accidents are subject to different laws, standards, and time limits than most accident lawsuits.


Train Accident Victims


A train accident can affect just one person, such as when someone slips off a platform and is run over by a train, or they can affect an entire community due to chemical spills or fires.  Train accident victims can include:


  • Train passengers
  • Pedestrians and bystanders
  • Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
  • Railroad workers


Types of Train Accidents


Train accidents can happen in a number of ways.  Common types of train accidents include:


  • Derailments
  • Train/train collisions
  • Train/car collisions
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • Railroad accidents


Railroad Crossing Accidents


Railraod crossing accidnets can involve cars or trucks being struck, or pedestrians being run over.  Only about 20% of railroad crossings are protected.  Common causes of railroad crossing accidents include:


  • Defective signals or gates
  • Trains which fail to sound their horns when approaching crossings
  • Trains that fail to use their lights when approaching crossings
  • Trains parked to close to a crossing
  • Crossings obstructed by plants and other objects
  • Objects protruding from the train




Derailments cause the most widespread damage.  Train drailments are almost always the result of failure to follow established safety standards. Common cause include:


  • Faulty tracks
  • Obstacles on the tracks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Too much cargo weight


A train derailment causes a chemical spill that requires evacuation of near-by communities about once every two weeks.  In addition to injuries and death to victims, property which may be damaged in train derailments can include:


  • Vehicles
  • Homes
  • Buildings
  • Other property


No Collision


Train accidents do not always involve a collision or derailment.  Pedestrians and bystanders can slip and fall under trains, being crushed.  Passengers may be injured while riding on the train, in incidents such as foof poisoning.  Any lawsuit where a train or railroad is involved requires the special expertise of an experienced train accident attorney.


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a train accident, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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