Railroad crossing accidents injure thousands of drivers and pedestrians each year

by Charles Miller

Railroads, railyards, and trains are inherently dangerous. Every year there are thousands of train accidents and hundreds of deaths. In fact, a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every 3 hours. There is a train collision or derailment every 90 minutes. A train carrying hazardous cargo derails approximately every 2 weeks.

Railroads are largely self-regulated. Too often, railroad companies rely on technology developed over 70 years ago and do little to research, improve and update safety practices and equipment. Even worse, the vast majority of railroad crossings do not have adequate warning devices, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Railroad crossing accidents involving pedestrians and drivers are usually severe, often resulting in death. On average, at least on person dies every day in the U.S. in a “train-versus-pedestrian” collision.

With each death, the railroad company claims that it is not at fault and that no one should ever be on a track. Of course, we all know that sometimes—in our car, on foot or on a bike—we all cross railroad tracks. Meanwhile, the deaths keep adding up: 400 or more deaths a year from trains running into people. Many of these tragedies could and should have been prevented by the railroad companies.

There are many questions that need to be answered after a railroad crossing accident takes place, including:

  • Did the crossing have adequate warning devices?
  • Was the crossing properly maintained?
  • Did the collision take place in an area that clearly needed better lighting? Or maybe fencing or other security measures?
  • Was the track properly maintained?
  • Was the train properly maintained?
  • Was the train being properly operated? Was the train going too fast?
  • Did the train properly sound its alarm?

To successfully bring a claim involving a railroad company or train collision, clients need an experienced, educated attorney on their side. They also need an attorney with the financial resources to take the case to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried hundreds of cases to verdict and have settled hundreds more. In 2010 alone, we negotiated settlements of personal injury and wrongful death claims totaling more than $50 million.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson also has the financial resources to handle personal injury cases from start to finish. In fact, there are many instances in which we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

Contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for your free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal right to compensation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out a free legal consultation form.