Roughly 3,000 train accidents occur in the United States each year, causing about 1,000 deaths and many more injuries. Passenger trains, commuter trains, subways, commercial trains, freight trains, and cargo trains all have the potential to cause serious injury and/or death in the event of an accident. Train accidents can happen in a variety of ways, and victims may include passengers, crew members, pedestrians or people in other vehicles.
Determining liability in a train accident can be a complicated process. All factors contributing to the train accident must be scrutinized, including the design, maintenance and operation of the railroad tracks and the train. The train conductor’s and crewmembers’ actions and behavior leading up to the accident must also be investigated.
Common types of train accidents include:
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