While there are a variety of different trains on the rails – passenger trains, freight trains and scenic trains among them – and accidents are common, fatalities are rare.
Still, trains can derail, spilling toxins that require evacuations of neighborhoods in the vicinity of the crash. Trains can strike vehicles that are crossing or become stuck on the tracks. Most commonly, trains can strike pedestrians who are walking along the tracks.
Broken or damaged rails are responsible for most of those derailments, suggesting that infrastructure issues are the biggest factors in train-related deaths or injuries. Speed, however, sometimes plays a role. The Federal Railroad Administration also attributes train accidents to inadequate protection at railroad crossings, such as lights or crossing bars to prevent vehicles from crossing the tracks when a train is approaching, especially in rural areas.
Failure to meet certain standards can be seen as negligence, and can open the door to lawsuits in the wake of an accident that can leave victims permanently disabled due to physical injuries ranging from lost limbs to brain injuries.
Instances of negligence would include:
Lack of proper training on the part of engineers
Lack of proper train operation by conductors
Ineffective safety measures
If any of these can be proven by your Chicago train accident lawyer, the train company could be held liable for expenses, including medical, pain, suffering and lost wages as you recover from the train crash.
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