As of 2003, there were nearly 550 railroads in the United States, and in 2004, it is estimated that there were more than 890 railroad fatalities and nearly 8,500 railway injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration estimates that there were more than 11,000 railway-crossing accidents nationwide. If you or someone you love is injured in a train accident, train accident lawyer Tom Plouff can review your claim and explain your legal rights.
Types and Causes of Railroad Accidents
The most common types of train accidents are collisions with other trains, collisions with passenger vehicles, and single train accidents. These types of accidents may be caused by improperly maintained tracks, derailment, mechanical failure or automobile driver inexperience. Absent or inadequate warnings at railroad crossings can also contribute to collisions. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, more than half of all railroad accidents occur at unprotected crossings and over 80 percent of railroad crossings don’t have adequate warning devices.
Train Accident Investigation
Train or railroad accident law can be complicated, and as a result it is important to retain a lawyer prepared to help you through the process of determining what really happened and who is responsible. After an accident has occurred, a train accident attorney at our experienced firm will work as quickly as possible with our legal team to preserve the wreckage, interview witnesses, evaluate liability, identify jurisdictional issues, and protect you and your family’s rights during interviews with authorities and insurance representatives. At Plouff Law, we will act immediately to determine if the railroad crossing was unreasonably dangerous and what safety procedures were in place at the time of the train accident. It is important to start the evidence collection process as soon as possible. The longer it takes to begin our investigation, the more difficult it is to locate and preserve the evidence and witnesses needed to reconstruct and prove what really happened. If you have been involved in a train related accident, contact us without delay.