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How to Prevent Train Accidents

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 in Personal Injury, Train Accidents

According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, a person or vehicle is hit nearly every 2 hours by a train to make another US rail accident and they include the following scenarios:

  • Train-train collisions
  • Derailment
  • Train-person collisions
  • Train-car collisions
  • Damage to property
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Every year, nearly 1,000 people are killed in train-related accidents. Also, it is estimated in United States train and railroad accident statistics reveal that a chemical spill occurs as a result of train derailment almost every 2 weeks. Some of these spills can be a serious hazard and may require local residents to be evacuated. As per polls and reports there has been an escalation in the frequency of train accidents since 1997.

Tips to Prevent Train Accidents

Here are some points to keep in mind to ensure your safety from train accidents:

  • You should remember that trains take a long time to stop. Even if they are moving slowly, their momentum and weight will cause them to take a long time to brake. It is because of this that you should make sure that you stay out of a train’s way. Remember that trains always have the right-of-way even if it is a case of emergency vehicles. It can take a mile for a train traveling at 55mph to come to a complete stop.
  • It is both illegal and dangerous to walk on train tracks. Also, do not assume that you will hear a train coming – modern trains do not make as much noise as older models.
  • Keep in mind that trains do not run on set schedules if they are carrying cargo or freight and not passengers. You should not assume that you can “safely” cross the tracks because of the time. Also, remember that most train rails are used in two directions and not just one.
  • You can safely cross train tracks only in spots designated for pedestrians and vehicles. Even if the railroad crossing lights aren’t blinking, look both ways before crossing to make certain the path is clear.
  • Make sure that you do not stop on the tracks if you are driving a car. If you are waiting at an intersection or for a stop light, wait on either side of the track.
  • Make sure that you do not cross a railroad trestle or enter a train tunnel. Every year, dozens of people die in such situations as they are unable to find a way to escape the oncoming train.

Train Accidents and Compensation

If you have been in a train accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation if the railroad company or employee was negligent or at fault. You can receive compensation for medical bills, future medical costs, disability, pain and suffering, emotional distress, damage to property and more. You should seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure that you get fair compensation for damages.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident caused by negligence, you should seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

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