According to the Federal Railroad Administration, (FRA) there are nearly 11,000 train accidents in the U.S. each year resulting in about 1,000 fatalities and 8,500 injuries. The most common cause of accidents is train derailments, followed by train collisions with cars. Most fatalities are the result of trespassing, and collisions between train and highway users.
Common causes of train accidents are:
- mechanical or electrical failures;
- track and roadbed structural defects or maintenance problems;
- human error, including signal and communication problems, driver fatigue or inexperience.
If you or a family member has suffered personal injury or wrongful death in a train accident, contact the Ohio law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA and speak to one of our train accident attorneys. We have over 27 years of experience to answer your questions and present the options available to you. Call us today for a FREE evaluation of your case at 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.
Another contributing factor to train collisions are missing or hidden warnings at railroad crossings. FRA statistics show that over 50 percent of train accidents happen at unmarked crossings, and more than three-fourths of all crossings are under-protected.
Determining what actually occurred to cause a train accident and deciding who is responsible is a complex process. Hiring a train accident lawyer will simplify this process and assist you in your investigation. In cases where a train accident results in injuries or wrongful death due to railway negligence, victims or family members may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Sometimes a railway’s failure to follow state or federal safety laws leads to a train accident. In these situations, a court may charge the railway with absolute liability for the injury or death, without requiring further proof of fault.
As in any accident case, time is critical, and the investigation must begin as soon as possible to preserve evidence. The train accident legal team at O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA will collect evidence immediately to protect your rights.
If you or a member of your family has been involved in a railroad accident, contact a train accident attorney at our Cincinnati Ohio law firm immediately. With O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA on your side, you will have the advantage of our 28 years of experience and our commitment to protecting your right to compensation for personal injury or wrongful death.
Call 513-842-9029, or toll free at 877-288-3241 to receive a FREE evaluation of your train accident case. Our personal injury attorneys can help you with other cases as well, including vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers, bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
Court costs and case expenses by law are responsibility of the client.