Train Accidents that Injure or Kill Drivers and Pedestrians
A train collision with a car is one of the most deadly types of accidents today. When a train weighing several tons collides with a car weighing a mere 3,000 pounds, the result is usually deadly. In South Carolina, train accidents are a common tragedy.
According to the US Department of Transportation, there are about 5,800 vehicle train accidents each year in the United States – usually at railroad crossings. Each year, train accidents kill 600 people and injure about 2,300.
A train accident can be caused by several factors:
- Crossings that are obstructed by vegetation or other objects
- Limited visibility on the part of drivers or train operators
- The negligent actions of train operators, such as approaching crossings without their lights on and horn sounding
- Unsafe train conditions, including machinery or train parts sticking out, over-sized loads, and crossings that rely only on signs or lights and do not have working safety arms
A driver approaching a railroad crossing must decide if they have enough time to cross before the train approaches. Many drivers make the mistake of believing their car can “beat” the train, a race that the car usually loses. Drivers think that large objects such as trains are moving slower than they actually are and often misjudge how close a train really is. This bad judgment often results in a train accident that causes serious injury or even death to drivers and passengers.
Safety Tips to Avoid a Train Accident:
- Never stop on train tracks
- Never assume that a train track is not in use
- Report railroad safety features that are not working properly, such as defective safety arms
- Never try to beat a train across the tracks or go around railroad safety arms
- Watch for second trains
Derailments, sudden stops, jolts, and speeding and the resulting train accident can all lead to serious injuries and even death. Train accidents are often the result of the railroad’s neglect (such as poor maintenance of trains or track) or the negligence of the operator. In many cases, train accidents could have been avoided if an engineer had acted correctly. When these accidents do occur, they may result in death and terrible injury to those involved.
Our train accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, pain and suffering, and any claim for wrongful death in the event of a fatal train accident.
Contact the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.