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Railroad Accidents

If you have recently been involved in an railroad related accident and suffered an injury, or if someone close to you has been injured or killed in an railroad related accident, you may have the legal right to obtain compensation. Railroad related accidents may result in serious injuries or death. Serious injuries can permanently negatively impact the victim's health and lifestyle. If the accident was caused by human error, someone's negligence, a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and other losses.

Railroads are required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to prepare monthly Accident/Incident Reports based on the following definitions.

"Accident/Incident" is the term used to describe the entire list of reportable events. These include collisions, derailments, and other events involving the operation of on-track equipment and causing reportable damage above an established threshold; impacts between railroad on-track equipment and highway users at crossings; and all other incidents or exposures that cause a fatality or injury to any person, or an occupational illness to a railroad employee.

Accidents/incidents are divided into three major groups for reporting purposes:

Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterTrain accidents - A safety-related event involving on-track rail equipment (both standing and moving), causing monetary damage to the rail equipment and track above a prescribed amount.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterHighway-rail grade crossing incidents - Any impact between a rail and highway user (both motor vehicles and other users of the crossing as a designated crossing site, including walkways, sidewalks, etc., associated with the crossing.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterOther incidents - Any death, injury, or occupational illness of a railroad employee that is not the result of a "train accident' or "highway-rail incident".

Railroad accidents and injuries are typically associated with one or more of the following events or issues:
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterHuman error.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterDefective railroad equipment.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterSignal control system malfunction or failure.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterTrack damage or failure.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterDerailment.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterCollision.
Ebensberg Criminal Law Help CenterHighway railroad crossing impact.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, during the period from January 1990 to December 2003 there were 187,307 reported train accident/incident related injuries and 8,056 fatalities. During the same period there were 22,392 railroad crossing related injuries and 7,017 fatalities. The table below summarizes injuries and fatalities for train accidents/incidents, railroad crossing accidents and passenger accidents for U.S. railroads.
Accidents &

RR Crossings

YearInjury Fatal 


199022,736 599 2,407 698 4733
199121,374 586 2,094 608 3828
199219,408 591 1,975579 4113
199317,284 653 1,837 626 55958
199414,851 611 1,961 615 4975
199512,546 567 1,894 579 5730
199610,948 551 1,610 488 51312
199710,227 602 1,540461 6016
199810,156 577 1,303 431 5354
199910,304 530 1,396 402 48114
200010,424 512 1,219 425 6584
20019,030550 1,157 421 7463
200210,104 594 999 357 8777
20037,915 533 1,000 327 6542

Railroad accident personal injury cases are usually complex and expensive. You should always consult a qualified, licensed lawyer. You may contact the sponsoring law firm below to discuss the injury or schedule a free consultation. These personal injury cases are normally handled on a contingency basis. Typically there are no fees unless the lawyer obtains a settlement or award for you.

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If you have an Accident Injury matter or case and want legal advice for your specific situation, call the law firm below to schedule an initial consultation. 


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