Trains travel more than 1.5 million miles in the United States each day. Although trains are one of the oldest means of transportation, and widely considered to be safe, collisions, crashes, and employee related accidents frequently occur resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious injuries each year. Human error, mechanical malfunction, improper operating procedure, inadequate safety devices, and negligence may be causes of railroad accidents. To determine the cause of an accident and to set an appropriate course of action, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience managing cases against railroads. As with other types of claims for personal injury, there are time limitations so you speak with an attorney soon after the accident. To learn more, visit our section on Railroad Accidents.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Reports can be found on line at: www.ntsb.gov