Train accidents can cause catastrophic injury or death due to the massive size and weight of the locomotive. Train accident lawsuits are complicated, often involving multiple responsible parties. Train accidents are subject to different laws, standards, and statutes of limitations than most vehicle accident lawsuits. The most common types of railroad accidents are:
- Collisions with other trains
- Collisions with passenger vehicles
- Improperly maintained tracks
- Mechanical failure
- Driver inexperience and fatigue
Train accident victims can include:
- Train passengers
- Pedestrians and bystanders
- Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
- Railroad workers
Train Accident Statistics
- Every 90 minutes there is a train collision or derailment.
- A train carrying hazardous material goes off the tracks approximately every 2 weeks.
- Local jurisdictions often have no control over train travel in their area resulting in delays for local emergency.
- More than 50% of all train accidents occur at unprotected crossings.
- Over 80% of train crossings don’t have adequate warning devices.
- In September 2008 a train collided with another train. Twenty-five people were killed and over a hundred people were injured.
- In 2013, 151 people were hit by subway trains; 53 people died, compared to 143 strikes and 55 deaths in 2012.
Train Accident Lawyers in Rockland County, NY
Train accident cases require the expertise of an experienced train accident attorney. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident, then contact The Law Office of Reuven Epstein. We serve in Rockland County, Hudson Valley, and Northern New Jersey. Call (845) 208-2444 or fax 845-215-9589. You can also email email@example.com.