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Train Crash

A train crash can happen at any time and, because of the size of the train, can have devastating consequences. The people on the train at the time of the train wreck could face serious, life-threatening injuries. Those who live near rail lines face injury if there is a train derailment involving a freight train. People who regularly drive across train tracks face tragic consequences if their vehicle collides with a train. Finally, people who work in train yards or on trains may face work-related injuries.


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Train Crash Statistics

train wreckAccording to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, in 2009 there were 661 fatal accidents or incidents involving 708 fatalities. In all, there were 10,886 total accidents or incidents involving trains. Of the fatalities, approximately 250 were highway-rail fatalities, in which a rail user and a highway user collided. Approximately 450 deaths were linked to "other" incidents, which include events that caused a death, injury or occupational illness, or trespassers on railroad property.

The Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis reports that there were 12,771 railroad-related accidents, resulting in approximately 800 deaths and approximately 8,900 non-fatal injuries in 2008.

Train Accident Injuries

Train Accident Personal InjuryPersonal injuries that result from a train crash include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, head injury, neck injuries, broken bones, amputation of limbs, burn injuries, respiratory problems and eye injuries. Train accidents can be deadly; those who survive their train accident may face years of medical treatment and rehabilitation. They may also find they are unable to work and have to cope with loss of income.

Commuter Train Crashes

People who ride commuter trains to work could also be victims of train crashes. A June 22, 2009, crash took the lives of nine people and injured dozens of others. The crash occurred when one Metro train in Washington crashed into the back end of another train during the evening rush hour commute.

Train Crashes and FELA

Train Accident FELAIt is not only passengers who could be hurt in train crashes. Railroad workers who are injured on the job may be eligible for a FELA (Federal Employers' Liability Act) claim. Injuries associated with working on trains or in train yards include respiratory disease, repetitive motion injuries and injuries caused by collisions or other train incidents.

Causes of Train Accidents

There are many reasons a train accident occurs. These include negligence on the part of the train conductor, improper crossing signals, inadequate train security, collision between two trains, collision with another vehicle, mechanical failure, equipment failure and improper track maintenance.

Train Crash Legal Help

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When I realized I had a sleep disorder I removed myself from the Amtrak Engineers Extra Board and went to work on a regularly scheduled (5 days 8 hours per day evening shift) job in the passenger yard at Washington Terminal in DC. That was in 2002 and AMTRAK never had me tested for the disorder even though I reported that issue/concern for over 5 years in each annual physical exam I took. The issue of the failure to follow up on the medical issue of a sleep disorder did not come up until 2010 during an FRA proceeding to restore me to service, following a minor accident in the yard, and at that time the AMTRAK counsel in the proceeding against me ended the discovery phase of the hearings and refused to continue. The FRA found that there were problems with the investigation of said incident, the testimony of AMTRAK's managers versus the assistant conductor at the time by the name of Anthony Mark Claussen (who is still employed and avialble to support my contentions) and the subsequent destruction of video taped evidence by AMTRAK that supported my position on the events of that incident. AMTRAK has known or should have known about problems with sleep apnea among its engineers for decades but found it cheaper to fire the employee than to address their medical issues. Someone should make them pay for all those deaths that have happened in the north east corridor at a minimum when then claim no equipment problems as a causative factor.


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