The Causes of Trail Derailments
Research about how and why trains derail has revealed some interesting truths. For one, speed and human error are the leading factors behind derailment. Trains that travel faster than 10 mph are more likely to derail; however, under that speed, human error is the leading cause.
- Excessive speed
- Misaligned or broken rails
- Conductor negligence
- Collision with another object
- Sharp turning curves
- Broken gauges
- Defective rails, rail gaps, & welds
- Switching rule violations
- Improper train handling
- Broken wheel or bearing at high speeds
In some cases, a train may collide with another vehicle, such as a car, at a railroad crossing. The collision thrusts the train off the tracks, and the train destroys the vehicle in its path. Some railroad crossings are remote, but other railroad crossings may be in downtown metropolis areas. If a train derails in these areas, they could run into buildings and injure a significant amount of people and deal even more financial damage.
Injuries from Train Derailment
Though train derailment is not as common as car crashes, a single incident has far more casualties than the average auto collision. For example, a train derailment from early 2017 in Brooklyn left 103 people injured. Another incident in May 2015 killed 8 people and injured over 200 in Philadelphia. When hundreds of tons of steel and diesel engine run off the rails at 40-50 mph, the effects are bound to be devastating.
- Broken bones
- Broken ribs
- Crush injuries
- Amputations / loss of limb
- Internal bleeding
- Sprained joints
- Brain injuries
Railroads understand that they are responsible for the safety of their employees and their passengers. The infrastructure of our nation’s rails are, in part, their responsibility. When they fail to do their jobs and perform maintenance or follow safety regulations, people get hurt. That’s why firms like us exist. To keep them accountable.
Our Train Accident Lawyers Can Help
Recovering financial compensation in a train accident can be especially difficult because each injury case will vary by the specific injuries that a claimant sustains and the conditions of the accident that caused the derailment. For those on a passenger train, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to make your claim known while the Federal Railroad Administration looks into the cause of the accident.
For railroad workers and families of workers who have sustained an injury or wrongful death due to a derailed train at their job site, an attorney will help you understand the options you have to file a claim that fits under the correct filing subheading and requests a just amount of compensation. Train accidents are considered to be extremely lethal, and for this reason, local and federal agencies almost always investigate the collisions. Additionally, the train company will also look into the cause of the accident to identify what went wrong.
With all of these investigations, train accident cases can be very easy to pursue thanks to the agencies that collect this vast amount of data. Therefore, workers and civilians who are injured by train derailments should always file an injury claim to secure the financial compensation that they are due.
To learn more about your rights after being involved in a train derailment accident, call (888) 493-1629 now.