TRAIN ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Even minor train accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities to passengers and other individuals involved because of the massive size and weight of the locomotive. One local example is the Chatsworth Metrolink collision in 2008, which was the worst train accident recorded in the United States since 1993. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the accident and assigned fault to the train’s engineer, who also died in the collision because he was distracted through cell phone use.
If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one in a train accident, Werner Law Firm’s experienced train accident lawyers can help.
Statistics on Train Accidents
Throughout the United States, there are more than 600 railroads and 200,000 miles of track. In a period of five years, from 2005 through 2010, about 30,400 train accidents occurred which resulted in the death of nearly 5,000 individuals, according to statistics from the United States Bureau of Transportation. There are a wide range of causes of train accidents, including (but not limited to):
- Derailment of train cars.
- Collisions of freight trains and passenger cars.
- Trolley crashes.
- Runaway freight cars.
- Excessive speed.
- On-the-job accidents.
- Sudden train movements.
- Negligent railway maintenance.
- Negligent security at railroad stations.