Trains are a fast, economical and energy-efficient method of transporting materials and people. But, they are not without their downside. Train-car, train-pedestrian, train-truck accidents and train derailments cause hundreds of deaths and serious injuries each year. In fact, below are collision-only statistics (these numbers do not include derailments, toxic spills, etc.) from the Federal Railway Administration for the past three years:
2010: 2,052 collisions resulting in 261 fatalities and 886 injuries.
2011: 2,060 collisions resulting in 271 fatalities and 1040 injuries.
2012: 1,967 collisions resulting in 273 fatalities and 946 injuries.
Pursuant to Federal Railway Administration regulations, railroads must file accident reports with the federal government. In some situations, the railroads are required to try and make contact with injured parties. We recommend you do not complete any forms or speak with any railroad employee about your accident until you speak with one of our experienced lawyers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, one of our award-winning lawyers can help you get the compensatory damages and, if appropriate, punitive damages you deserve. We handle all train accident cases on a contingency basis which means we only get paid if we recover money for you. And unlike some lawyers, we advance all case expenses which means you do not have to pay anything out of your own pocket to pursue your train accident case.
If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced train accident attorneys, please contact us online or call us any time at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866.812.8787.