Throughout the United States, there are approximately 500 trains traveling on thousands and thousands of miles of track. Even though technology has touched virtually every other industry in existence today, the railroad industry remains mostly the same as it was over 100 years ago.
Unfortunately, this has made the technology used by the railroad industry old, outdated and more prone to causing an accident. While some advancements have made it into this industry, there haven’t been enough to help eliminate the possibility of accidents altogether.
Shocking Statistics about Train Accidents, Injuries and Fatalities
The number of train accidents, injuries and fatalities has held steady for the past five years. Consider this:
- In 2013, there were 11,653 train accidents or incidents, with 8,750 causing injuries and 702 resulting in one or more fatalities
- In 2015, there were 11,881 train accidents or incidents, with 9,157 causing injuries and 748 resulting in one or more fatalities
- In 2017, there were 11,597 train accidents or incidents, with 8,553 causing injuries and 864 resulting in one or more fatalities
Factors Resulting in Train Accidents or Incidents
There are several factors that can result in train accidents. For example, a train could experience a mechanical or electrical failure, issues with maintenance, errors by train operators due to miscommunication or even a signal error. Also, if the train has suffered structural defects or if the train tracks are improperly maintained or old, this may result in the train derailing or crashing.
Common Injures Caused by Train Accidents or Incidents
Due to the massive weight and size of a train, the injuries sustained are often serious, and in many cases, fatal. This is true regardless of if an accident victim is actually on the train, on foot or in a motor vehicle. Some of the most common injuries occurring from train accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
In most cases, if a person is involved in a train accident or incident, their injuries are going to be extremely serious and debilitating.
What to Do After a Train Accident or Incident
If a person suffers an injury due to a train crash or derailment, they may be able to recover compensation for the injuries they have suffered. This is possible if it is determined there was some type of negligence that was the fault of a train mechanic, the train company, the operator of the train or anyone else related to the operation of the train that resulted in the injury-causing accident.
Damages that can be recovered include coverage for a person’s medical costs, including hospital bills, as well as the loss of current or future wages, victim pain and suffering and more. If an individual dies, there are some situations where the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In these situations, damages for loss of companionship, funeral costs, mental anguish and more can be recovered.
In these situations, it’s best to contact a personal injury attorney for help recovering the compensation deserved.