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Train Accidents

Train accidents happen far more often than you may imagine, and they usually have devastating, deadly consequences.

Train Accident Statistics

  • It may surprise you to know that approximately every 115 minutes (less than 2 hours), a vehicle or person is hit by a train in the United States.
  • It may also shock and surprise you to know the statistic that nearly 50% of all train accidents that happen at railroad crossings take place when automatic warning mechanisms, such as flashing lights with gates or flashing lights are in place and working like they should.
  • Scores of people have made the deadly mistake of thinking that because they could hear an approaching train, even if their vehicle were to stall on the tracks, the train would be able to stop before hitting them. What they did not realize was that a freight train going 50 mph with 150 cars has to have over a mile before it is able to stop. When a train that weighs several hundred tons collides with a car that weights around 3,000 pounds, the results are in most instances extremely tragic.
  • According to the United States Department of Transportation, somewhere around 5,800 train accidents with vehicles occur in the United States every year. Around 2,300 injuries and 600 deaths result from these train accidents. Most of these train accidents take place at railroad crossings, and over 50% of all deadly train accidents occur at railroad crossings where there are inadequate or passive devices. In many instances, there are no devices at all.
  • Nearly 75% of all train accidents with a car are where the train hits the car. When train accidents with a car take place at night, around 50% of the time it is the car running into the train at a crossing that is not marked adequately.

Possible types of train accidents

There are different types of train accidents that happen. These include:

  • Train accidents with cars and other types of vehicles
  • Train accidents with other trains
  • Train accidents with pedestrians
  • Train accidents that damage property
  • Train accidents involving derailment

United States train and railroad accident statistics estimate that a train derailment occurs nearly every two weeks that results in a chemical spill. In some cases, nearby residents have to be evacuated because the chemical spills are so dangerous.

Possible Injuries from Train Accidents

There are many types of injuries that are brought about by train accidents. Some of these are:

  • Burn injuries
  • Concussions and other types of head injuries
  • Internal and soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Brain trauma
  • Abrasions
  • Sprains

If you suffered serious, disabling injuries from a train accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim where you can be compensated for your injuries and damages. What you need to do is to get in touch with a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case. A personal injury attorney is the one who can get you all of the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages that were sustained in a train accident.