While some may view trains as outdated technology, they still serve a vital role in the economy and public transportation services of modern day America. As a mode of public transportation, trains are one of the best ways to travel long distances affordably. Statically, trains are a relatively safe way to provide transportation and transport goods. However, when train accidents do occur, the consequences can be severe. Around 1 in every 15 train accident results in a fatality.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a train accident, you may be all too familiar with the devastating injuries, and debilitating financial impact train accidents can have. Train accidents are regularly caused by the negligence of others. It is not fair that you are suffering financially from the negligence of others. You should contact an Erie train accident attorney. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman bring a 99.9 percent success rate and over 170 years of combined legal experience to your side if they represent you. Do not allow costs to pile up after a train accident.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Safety Analysis, over the past four years, Pennsylvania has averaged just under 55 train accidents per year. After experience a decline in 2017, railroad accidents are once again above average in Pennsylvania. While the causes of train accidents vary, common causes include derailments, railroad crossing accidents, neglected track maintenance, and communication issues.
A number of factors can influence a train derailment. These factors include the track type and condition, train length, speed, and malfunctioning train parts. Railroad crossing accidents can occur when crossing gates malfunctions, crossing signs and signals are obstructed, or when train operators fail to sound their horns as they approach crossing.
Aside from injuring passengers and other vehicle occupants, train accidents can cause injury and illness to large groups of people depending on the cargo of a train. If a train carrying hazardous material is derailed or involved in an accident, the consequences can be severe. People in the surrounding areas are at risk.
While you cannot prevent other’s negligence, there are steps you can take to increase safety at railroad crossings. You should always assume a track is being used. Even if a gate is malfunctioning, never driver around said gate. Also, look both ways while crossing a track and never try to beat an oncoming train across the track. You should always play it safe when dealing with a railroad crossing; with a near mile of required stopping time, trains cannot perform sudden stops.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a train accident, you are likely dealing with serious injuries and costly medical bills. Whatever your situation is, you should not be suffering from the negligence of others. You should contact an Erie train accident attorney. Working with an experienced attorney can be the difference in receiving compensation for your damages. For a free consultation, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today.