Train Accident Lawyer San Antonio – Laredo and South Texas
Causes of Train Accidents
There are over 600 railroads and 200,000 miles of track in the United States. From 2005 through 2010, approximately 30,400 train accidents happened, killing more than 4,800 people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Train collisions or derailments happen every 90 minutes in the US.
Almost every 2 weeks a train loaded with hazardous materials jumps of the tracks in the United States. Railroad companies are not keeping up with the times, in reference to technology. They still rely on technology that was developed over 70 years ago. Updating safety measures is not done in a fast enough pace.
50% of all railroad accidents happen at unprotected crossings
A sad statistic shows that more than 50% of all railroad accidents happen at unprotected crossings and according to the Federal Railroad Administration, over 80% of railroad crossings don’t have adequate warning devices
Numbers may show that although vehicle collisions with trains have decreased in the last few years, pedestrian collisions have alarmingly increased. It is to contribute to the failure of the Railroad companies to educate the public, improve safety – warning systems, and enforce regulations. Many of these railroad accidents were due to the negligence of the railway company, but accidents can also be caused by the negligence of motor vehicle operators, who fail to yield at railway crossings. As it is too many train accidents are caused by inspection and maintenance violations of the Rail Road Companies.
Railroad companies and commuter rail lines, are considered common carriers and as such they are held to heightened liability standard by Federal and state government. A common carrier is generally required to exercise the utmost care, diligence and vigilance in transporting passengers.
Train accidents can involve locomotives, commuter rail, subway, trolley, or local light rail systems. They can happen at crossings where the safety equipment fails or at unprotected crossings where there are no lights or signals to indicate an oncoming train to passenger vehicles.
Trains can derail due to improper track maintenance or mechanical failure. Driver fatigue can contribute to train and railway accidents. Excessive speed is often a cause of train or trolley accidents. Just to mention the Train Accident that happened in Spain, where the operator was speeding through a curve and derailed the train. Costing many passengers lives.
Train accidents can also lead to hazardous cargo spills, which can injure or kill nearby residents.
We handle many kinds of railroad accident cases and are aware that train accidents can have devastating consequences. With the number of trains that run through San Antonio and Laredo, we have had our share of train accidents and cargo spills. We want to help if you or someone you love has been involved in a train or railroad accident due to:
- Improperly marked railroad crossings
- Faulty, or lack of, safety gates
- Conductor negligence
- Operator fatigue
- Track defects
Your medical bills and lost wages from an injury caused by someone’s negligent actions on the road may be compensated after a lawsuit. Personal injury laws in Texas make some of these type lawsuits difficult to win. However, Sandra D. Laurel the Train Accident Lawyer at Ford & Laurel has proven experience and will give it her all to succeed.
Call us today for a Free confidential consultation about your case.
To find out how much you can expect to receive if you succeed in your claim, contact the personal injury attorney at Ford & Laurel. Arrange for a free case evaluation today!
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