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Fatal Train Accidents

Helping Families Seek Justice After Catastrophic Train Accidents

Wrongful Death From a Train Accident

Nationwide Counsel for Families Who've Lost Loved Ones in Train Crashes

In 2011, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported that 1,000+ train accidents and incidents occurred, which resulted in more than 700 fatalities. This ranged from derailment to collisions to any other incident that could have resulted in an injury or illness to a railway employee.

Below, we have listed some of the largest railway accidents that have occurred in recent years:

  • 1993 Mobile, AL – 47 Deaths
  • 2008 Chatsworth, CA – 25 Deaths
  • 1996 Silver Spring, MD – 11 Deaths
  • 1999 Bourbonnais, IL – 11 Deaths
  • 2005 Glendale, CA – 11 Deaths
  • 2005 Graniteville, SC – 9 Deaths
  • 2009 Washington D.C. – 9 Deaths
  • 2015 Philadelphia, PA – 8 Deaths

Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented by abiding by proper safety protocol. For surviving families of this victims, no amount of money will ever bring your loved one back, but it can help to ease the financial difficulties that an untimely death may have caused.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Train passengers and workers are susceptible to dangerous situations. The size, weight, and strength of train cars alone is enough to cause harm to anyone who may encounter an accident involving them; factor in those aspects to an accident involving this type of transportation method and you could have a recipe for disaster.

In the worst case scenarios, these types of train accidents can lead to wrongful death. When another person or entity is responsible for someone's fatality it is considered to be a case of wrongful death. This is often seen in accidents involving motor vehicles, defective products and medical malpractice. However, it can also be applied to many instances of train accidents. This is because the persons who lose their life in train accidents are rarely to blame for the resulting accident. More often than not, it is the fault of a negligent train operator or a faulty product.

When this is the case, family members should contact a railroad injury lawyer immediately.

Wrongful Death & Railroad Accidents: FAQ

How many people die in train accidents in the U.S. each year?

In 2019, there were 937 fatalities in United States railroad accidents, an increase from 818 fatalities the previous year. Although fatalities increased, the total number of railroad accidents in the U.S. declined from 11,727 in 2018 to 11,434 in 2019. Injuries were also down from 8,243 to 7,730. In compliance with the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the rail industry has been implementing positive train control (PTC) technology. The PTC system can trigger automatic braking if it senses speeding or inappropriate train movement. It can also check track signals, circuits, and switches, and it includes a server to store rail traffic information. It’s estimated that the total costs for PTC deployment may rise to $10 billion or more—but this is well worth it if it will save lives and make the rail industry safer as a whole.

Who is responsible for my loved one’s death in a train accident?

Fatal train accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the conductor, engineer, or other railway worker. They can also be caused by railroad companies that cut corners in implementing safety measures or updating and maintaining equipment. Defective or aging equipment, machinery, rails, and bridges can also cause these preventable tragedies. In train versus car collisions, a distracted or drunk driver could be to blame. By investigating the accident and determining cause, our attorneys can identify who should be held accountable.

Why should I file a wrongful death suit?

There’s no amount of money that could make up for the loss of a spouse, parent, child, or other loved one in a train accident. There are, however, unexpected expenses associated with such a loss, and there is a pressing need to find answers. The person or company responsible for causing the accident needs to be brought to justice. This is for the family’s peace of mind and to help ensure they have the financial support they need to build a more stable future. This is where a wrongful death case comes in the picture. The surviving family can seek justice, support, and closure by holding the at-fault party responsible.

Protecting the Surviving Families

Over the years, trains have become an efficient mode of transportation. However, when disastrous accidents occur, there is rarely escape of catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Those train cars that don't carry passengers, often do carry hazardous materials that can be toxic—and, although, passengers may not be on board, train operators and crew members are still needed for operation of the cars. This means that an accident involving these toxic-waste carrying trains will likely expose workers to dangerous substances that could damage if not kill them. No matter what has led to the death of your loved one from a railroad accident, there is no doubt that you have the right to take legal action.

At Arnold & Itkin, we are compassionate to the grief that you are currently experiencing and are passionate about helping ensure that you are fully protected. You can trust that we will treat your case with sensitivity and will fight tirelessly to demand justice on your behalf, as well as your loved ones. By helping you to file a wrongful death claim, not only can we hold the liable parties accountable for their part in causing the death, but we can help take one more step toward preventing something of this magnitude from happening ever again.

If you're dealing with the loss of a loved one in a railway accident, choose a team that will stop at nothing to seek justice. Contact Arnold & Itkin today.

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