Passenger Train Accident Lawyer
Train-related accidents injure passengers every year. Many passengers are injured while not even on the train. Passenger rail service in the United States operates with very few fatalities. There are, however, significant numbers of serious injuries every year. Some injuries are a direct result of train derailments, collisions, or faulty equipment and safety measures within the passenger cars themselves.
Common causes of railroad accidents as identified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) include:
- Defective or missing crossties
- Switches improperly lined
- Switch points worn or broken
- Failure to control shoving movement
- Failure to comply with restricted speeds
- Failure to apply sufficient hand brakes
- Switches damaged or out of adjustment
Many of these injuries occur on train company property while passengers are in the process of boarding or de-boarding trains. This is especially true on metropolitan transit rail lines where ridership is increasing. The opposite effect is being seen on long-distance passenger lines which are seeing a decrease in ridership. Therefore, it is vitally important that train operators and managers of passenger cars maintain a vigilance when it comes to the protection of their riders.
A recent report from Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit reveals that accidents that included slips on ice, stumbles on escalators and falls through platform gaps accounted for 419 injuries on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in 2005. The report also found that serious injuries on the same rail line— those requiring reports to the Federal Railroad Administration— increased from 43 to 132 from 2002 to 2004.