We know those train accidents are not something you think about on a daily basis, but we also know that they can happen. Over the last few years, there has been increasing concern over train safety in this country, particularly with passenger trains. The equipment and technology used to keep riders safe are woefully outdated and governments rarely approve funding for updates.
All of this can lead to deadly results. Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a train accident?
What Can Happen?
Train tracks across the state of Pennsylvania. Many of them carry passenger trains as well as trains that transport goods.
While train accidents are statistically rare, we know they occur. Low statistics do not matter if you have actually been injured in an accident with a train. In 2017, there were over 1,500 train accidents across the country, with many of those being derailments.
Many of these crashes resulted in injuries and fatalities. Sometimes these accidents are the result of someone else’s negligent behavior.
If a train operator is not fully trained in their duties, the train company could be held accountable. We also know there are times when a train operator is distracted by their phones or other devices. There have even been instances of operators being impaired by drugs or alcohol. This kind of negligent behavior can cause severe injuries and even fatalities.
Train companies and operating agencies should regularly inspect and maintain all of their trains so that there will not be any vehicle failure while the train is in motion. The tracks should also be inspected regularly for any faults that could cause a derailment.
Train accidents can harm many people:
- Passenger Injuries can be severe if a train collides with another train, a vehicle, or derails.
- Passengers in other vehicles can be harmed if they are hit by a train or if a train derails and falls off the tracks onto the vehicle.
- Trains often carry hazardous materials that can be released if there is a train accident.