Ask a Personal Injury Attorney: What Are the 5 Types of Train Accidents?
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we have experience with a wide range of personal injury accidents – including train accidents. One of the most common questions we get about these accidents is what the five types of train accidents are? Today we will discuss the five most common types. If you have questions or would like a free legal consultation, contact us at 909-982-0707 right away.
- Derailments This is an accident in which the train comes off the track. This is often caused by speeding. For example, one of the most famous train accidents was caused by derailment. It happened in Philadelphia in 2015 and resulted in the deaths of eight people – all because the conductor was operating at unsafe speeds.
- Colliding Trains It is not hard to see why two trains, which weight tens of thousands of pounds and are both moving very fast, would be so damaging if they collided. When this happens at high speed, it is very common for there to be one or more fatalities.
- Trains Colliding with Cars In some instances, a driver is impatient and does not want to wait for a train to pass. They believe they have plenty of time to get through the gate before the train comes, or they misunderstand how to get through the gate. Either way, when a train hits a car on the tracks, many people can be injured – including everyone on the train.
- Train Accidents Involving Pedestrians Pedestrians who are not paying attention can walk right onto the tracks when a train is coming. It may seem as though the train would be so loud that this would not happen, but the truth is that if the train is in a busy, loud, bustling city and the pedestrian is nose-deep in their phone, they may not recognize it as a danger. In other cases, a pedestrian may be listening to headphones and not hear the train. Either way, it is almost always deadly when a pedestrian is struck by a train.
- Trains Colliding with Stationary Objects It could be a stalled car or a piece of equipment that a train maintenance worker left behind. No matter what it is, any stationary object on a train track can cause serious damage to the train and can result in deadly consequences. Train operators do their best to look out for objects on the tracks, but their trains are often operating at such a speed that they do not have time to stop even if they do see it.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident, then we urge you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We are standing by to listen to your story, consider the evidence, and offer our best advice on how you can proceed.