Common Causes of Train Accidents

  • Dan T. Matrafajlo
  • Wed Feb 2013
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Train Accident Attorney New Jersey

In September, 2008 a commuter train in Southern California collided with a freight train. The result: 25 deaths and more than 100 injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the accident was caused by an engineer who was distracted because he was busy. Each year over 900 people are killed in train accidents nationwide, often because of negligence; thousands more are injured. The good news is that if you are hurt, a New Jersey injury lawyer may be able to help.

Common Causes of Train Accidents

While most people today use their cars to get to work and school, millions still use trains. The Federal Highway Administration reports that accidents involving trains occur twelve times each day. Among the more common causes of these accidents are:

  • Mechanical failure
  • Train tracks that are damaged or covered by debris
  • Collision with a vehicle or other train
  • Derailment when the train makes swift turns or attempts to stop suddenly
  • Negligence of the engineer or conductor (as in the California case)

Why Train Accidents Are Particularly Devastating

When a train accident occurs, a New Jersey train accident lawyer is likely to see clients who are hurt severely. This is in large part due to the size and power of trains. While automobile accidents far outnumber those involving trains, the latter are extremely heavy and difficult to stop quickly. They often travel at high speeds and only stop at depots. Moreover, passengers may feel less inclined to wear seat belts—if there are any. The illusion of safety, in other words, actually leads to injury in many cases.

If You Have Been Injured

If you are hurt in a train accident due to negligence or defect of the train or track, New Jersey injury lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo may be able to help. Mr. Matrarajlo is an experienced lawyer who will fight to help you gain compensation. Call 908-248-4404 today to arrange a free consultation.

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