Train accidents, although much less frequent than automobile accidents, can have just as devastating an effect on individuals and families as any other accident. If you have been injured in a train accident your first priority should be to get legal representation with an attorney with experience in railway incidents. Although train travel is one of the oldest methods of transportation still commonly used today it is still a very popular, low cost way to travel. Many train accidents are caused by ill-maintained tracks and equipment or negligence on the part of the train conductor.
If you live in the Baltimore, Maryland area and have been involved in a train accident, The Yost Legal Group can help you. Please contact Tom Yost, Maryland train accident attorney, to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation so we can hear the details of your case and advise you on how to proceed.
Common Types of Railroad Accidents
- Collisions: A collision can happen between trains when signals on the track are not working properly. This can lead a conductor to believe the track ahead is clear when, in fact, there is another train coming from the opposite direction.
- Automobile / Train Collision: Most of these accidents commonly happen at railroad crossings and stoplights when an automobile is stuck on the tracks. In 2015, there were 2,059 of these incidents reported nationwide. 967 of these collisions resulted in injuries, while 244 resulted in fatalities.
- Derailment: Poorly maintained tracks account for the vast majority of derailment accidents. In these cases, the railroad company itself is normally found liable for the damage caused by these accidents.
- Pedestrian / Train collision: This kind of accident often happens in high pedestrian traffic areas with railroad crossings. According to the Federal Railroad Administration over 80% of railroad crossing do not have the proper warning devices for automobiles or pedestrians.
Along with poorly maintained equipment, conductor negligence accounts for a majority of these accidents. Most railway conductors are overworked and are often lacking in sleep. Conducting a train requires a tremendous amount of focus and an alert nature that gets severely compromised when the conductor is sleep-deprived.
If you have been injured in a train accident a qualified personal injury attorney can help you to get the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you have endured. The Baltimore, Maryland area is a high traffic zone for many of the major railroads that run down the east coast. Train accidents are much more common and widespread than most people think and, due to the nature of these incidents, are often settled in the plaintiff’s favor.
If you live in the Baltimore, Maryland area and have been injured in a train accident, please contact The Yost Legal Group to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our highly experienced railroad accident attorneys.