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Causes And Prevention of NY Railroad Crossing Accidents

Railroads are a major mode of public transport and are used to carry people as well as cargo. The United States is home to more than 500 railroads and this translates into close to 210,000 railroad crossings in the entire country. Unfortunately, a majority of railroad crossings are unprotected and these places are responsible for more than 50 percent of the railroad accidents.

Can You Sue For Injuries in a Railroad Accident in New York?

There are more than 250,000 railroad crossings on nearly 14,000 miles of railroad track in the US. Countless severe and devastating accidents take place on these tracks every year. In New York, car crashes involving trains generally result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Victims and their families can suffer from shock and experience mounting medical bills in the aftermath of such accidents.

Amtrak Crash Investigation Focuses on Speed, Driver Distraction

A fatal Amtrak collision occurred recently near Tacoma, Washington and the New York Times indicates that the train crash is currently under investigation.  The goal of the investigation will be to determine the direct cause of the collision and to assess what new policies or protocols, if any, need to be put in place going forward to better protect Amtrak riders. When accidents happen on Amtrak trains or on any other type of public transportation, there are added complexities associated with victims taking legal action to try to recover compensation. The rules differ for pursuing claims against government entities, and victims who need help taking action should contact a New York City catastrophic injury attorney for help as soon as possible following an accident.

Amtrak Crash Under Investigation

MANHATTAN: Woman Critically Injured After Falling Onto Train Tracks

SOUTHBOUND 6 TRAIN ACCIDENT LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) – A woman was critically injured after falling onto train tracks, according to DNA Info. Police have not been able to identify the woman that was hit by the train. Authorities are saying that the accident took place near the 51st […]

MANHATTAN: Woman Nearly Killed After Slipping Onto Train Tracks

SOUTHBOUND 6 TRAIN ACCIDENT LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) –  Police are trying to determine the identity of a woman that was hit by the Southbound 6 train around 1:26 PM. The FDNY is investigating the accident. Train accidents happen for a number of different reasons. Sometimes pedestrians simply […]

FAQs about Train Accidents in New York

According to statistics, in 2015, there were 11,762 rail accidents and incidents in the United States. These accidents caused 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, 96% of all injuries and deaths related to rail accidents and incidents occur at railroad crossings or caused by trespassing. Almost all of these deaths are preventable. Additionally, the FRA reveals that railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of fatalities that are rail-related in the US.

Common Questions about Train Accidents

Here is a look at some of the most common questions about train accidents and claims:

Q1: What should I do if I am injured while on a train?