With all of the excitement surrounding the arrival of SunRail to Central Florida, pedestrians and motorists need to be aware of the importance of safety at railroad crossings. Every 115 minutes someone in the U.S. is involved in a train-related accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB). The NTSB reports that approximately 1,000 people die every year from train related accidents.
The most common train-related accidents involve automobiles. Trains can take more than one mile to come to a complete stop. For this reason, trains are often unable to stop if they see a vehicle stalled on the tracks. While some train-related accidents are unpreventable, over half of these accidents occur at railroad crossings that are inadequately marked or do not possess proper safety equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For this reason, it is essential that drivers use extreme caution at railroad crossings.
- Train derailments
- Lack of crossing bars
- Mechanical or electrical failures
- Train track, roadbed or structural defects
- Human error / Conductor negligence (i.e. – signal or communication problems, conductor fatigue, distraction or inexperience).
Church St Train TracksMultiple factors as well as multiple parties may have played a role in causing the accident. All responsible parties must be identified and a claim must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. For example, if a government-owned railroad is at fault, the injured party may have to provide special notice of the claim to the railroad within a limited amount of time, sometimes only 30-60 days.
More Train-Related Auto Accident Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions About Train-Related Auto Accidents – From Michael T. Gibson, P.A.
- Railroads lay out safety campaign after deaths rise in 2013 – From MPRNews
- Nationwide PSA Campaign Highlights Risky Behavior In Hopes of Saving Lives – From Association of American Railroads (AAR)
- Train Accidents Overview – From Justia
Get The Help You Need After A Train-Related Auto Accident
Train related accidents can be devastating and are often catastrophic. These cases are complex and require a knowledgeable and skilled Orlando Auto Accident Attorney to help you file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train-related accident, contact the law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can help you obtain much needed compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Call 407-490-1271 or use the contact form found on this page to schedule your free consultation.