Train Accidents 101: Common Causes and Prevention Tips

Although trains are not used nearly as much as they were in centuries of the past, they still remain quite active in transporting goods and materials. The U.S. has 600 railroads and thousands of miles of tracks. While transporting goods via rail or traveling by train is relatively safe, there is still a high amount of serious and fatal accidents that occur because of trains, most commonly occurring at railroad crossings. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, you deserve tenacious legal representation from a Portland-area personal injury attorney.

Train accidents occur for a variety of reasons with the most common being:

  • Human error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Train derailments
  • Distracted pedestrians
  • Collisions with other trains or motor vehicles
  • Stalled cars on the track
  • Suicides

Since there are so many factors involved in a train accident, these types of legal cases must be carefully examined to determine fault and the proper amount of compensation for the victim. While a savvy attorney can help you navigate the waters of your train accident case, it is always best to take preventative steps to ensure your safety and avoid this type of the accident in the first place. To prevent the occurrence of a train accident it is important to remember:

  • Just because a track is currently empty, doesn’t mean a train will not be using it soon.
  • Do not stop on railroad tracks for any reason.
  • Do not enter a train tunnel where you can easily get trapped.
  • Never try to race a train.
  • Always look both ways before walking or driving across a railroad track.
  • Trains are wider than their tracks and are unable to make quick stops.

Do you need legal guidance for your train accident case? Reach out to the experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Clarke Griffin, LLC, serving clients throughout Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

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