Despite multiple efforts to increase train track safety and awareness, railroads are still dangerous places. As per the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 58 accidents at railway crossings in the state of Louisiana. There were 13 fatalities as a result of these accidents.
Even if it’s not fatal, train accidents and derailments can radically affect the lives of individuals. Pedestrians walking across the tracks or along them may get killed or injured by trains. Injuries that are sustained in train accidents require hospitalization and medical care and this may lead to the loss of overall earnings.
TYPES OF DAMAGES IN TRAIN ACCIDENTS
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
TOXIC SPILLS ARE DANGEROUS
Trains often carry toxic chemicals and substances, and derailments may result in the spillage of these materials. Managing these toxic spills may turn out to be expensive, time consuming, and dangerous. These spillages could affect the health of individuals in the neighboring areas. People traveling by cars, motorcycles or bicycles may also get exposed to toxic substances.
CAUSES OF TRAIN ACCIDENTS
There could be multiple causes of train accidents such as improper maintenance of tracks, mechanical malfunctions, or collision with another train. One of the most common causes of train accidents happens to be crossing railway tracks at the wrong moment.
It’s important to understand that it takes time for a high-speed train to stop. If a person or animal comes close to the railway tracks, it may lead to deadly accidents. Accidents may also occur due to excessive speed or failure to brake in time.
For the railroad industry, train safety has become a priority. Train operators are now subject to stricter regulations. The Federal Railroad Administration now oversees track inspections, signaling systems, employee certification, and the speed at which trains operate.
As per statistical data from multiple transportation authorities and railway organizations, train track safety has improved markedly over the last few years. These changes were the result of enhanced regulations and the adoption of multiple safety technologies.
Advancements to prevent railway tragedies:
- Sensors at railway crossings to immediately detect if a person or vehicle is entering the area when the train is crossing
- Drones to execute aerial inspection
- Better training to employees to ensure passenger safety
- Ultrasonic track inspection systems to schedule and identify required repairs
SEEK THE ASSISTANCE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
If you are a railroad worker or a pedestrian, you may require legal representation to prove that the injuries occurred due to the fault of someone else (employer/co-worker). If you are planning to claim compensation for your injuries, seek the assistance of qualified attorneys to fight your case.