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Railroad Operator Negligence And Unawareness

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates approximately 5,800 train accidents involving other vehicles occur across the U.S. each year. These accidents result in approximately 600 fatalities in addition to approximately 2,300 injuries.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that at least 50% of the fatality train accidents occur due to inadequate safety devices and markings at railroad crossings with a higher percentage occurring after dark when a car actually drives into a train when a driver fails to see it.

Many fatality train accidents occur due to railroad operator negligence and unawareness, and we have all heard tragic news reports about railroad operators falling asleep, texting or talking on their cell phones, or some that are drinking alcohol or operating while high on drugs.

There are many causes for railroad accidents that include:

  • Railroad operator or engineer negligence and unawareness
  • Inadequate supervision or training
  • Railroad operators falling asleep or impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Mechanical failures due to poor maintenance

When approaching a railroad crossing remember to look both ways before crossing this summer.  Never assume that the railroad crossing safety devices and signals will work properly to warn you of an oncoming train.

The most common types of railroad crossing accidents that occur in Illinois include:

  • METRA trains and Chicago Transit Authority trains
  • Cargo and freight trains (the state of Illinois is considered a central hub for both freight and passenger trains)
  • Train derailments
  • Railroad crossing accidents

Common sense tells us that when a train collides with another vehicle it is highly unlikely that any of the smaller vehicle’s passengers will survive without incurring traumatic injuries, and many will die as a result of their injuries.

Personal Injury Representation You Can Trust

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a railroad operator, contact Curcio Law.  We will work diligently on your behalf to ensure that you or your loved ones receive the maximum compensation for your injuries or loss.