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There are approximately 3,000 train accidents that result in about
1,000 deaths each year. Even a “minor” incident with a train can cause
a catastrophic injury or death due to the massive size and weight of a locomotive.
Train accident lawsuits are complicated, often involving multiple responsible parties, and train accidents are subject to different laws, standards, and statutes of limitations than most vehicle accident lawsuits.
A train accident can affect just one person, such as when someone slips off a platform and is run over by a train, or they can affect an entire community such as with a toxic chemical spill.
When passenger trains derail, there are often hundreds of victims. You may remember the train collision in California in September 2008 in which a Metrolink engineer was texting on his cell phone right before the train collided with another train. Twenty-five people were killed and over a hundred people were injured.
Train accident victims can include:
Pedestrians and bystanders
Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
Train accidents can be caused by a number of factors including:
Railroad crossing accidents