Despite significant improvements in commercial and passenger rail technology and the ever-increasing safety standards of train travel, train accidents are still a serious risk in the United States. When you see a train as it roars past you are acutely familiar with the inherent dangers that come with our vast rail system. Rail accidents occur more frequently than one might expect. Train accidents can come in many different forms, whether from commercially run trains, passenger rail or urban transit.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRAIN ACCIDENTS
- CONDUCTOR ERROR
- MANUFACTURING DEFECTS
- EQUIPMENT FAILURE
- STRUCTUAL OR DESIGN PROBLEMS
- VIOLATION OF INDUSTRY REGULATIONS
- NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS
- NEGLIGENCE IN A THIRD PARTY’S SELECTION OF A CARRIER
- FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE SYSTEM OR ITS COMPONENTS
Traveling by rail, whether on commuter trains to subways or metro systems to high-speed trains, is necessary for many Americans to get to and from work or other destinations. Commuter and cargo trains are both essential parts of public transportation and the U.S. economy. Locomotives serve a dual function, as a method of economically moving cargo and passengers. However, crashes and derailments can be devastating and fatal, causing passengers and bystanders serious injuries. Unfortunately, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has identified human errors and track flaws as two of the main causes of train wrecks. These two factors account for more than 70 percent of all train accidents.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A TRAIN ACCIDENT?
The damages that can result from a train accident can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in an inexperienced attorney. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. If you or a loved one have been in a train accident and have experienced a physical injury, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact us at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation or request a case review here.