Houston’s Railroad Accident Attorney
The Walker Law Firm and Walker Texas Lawyer Specializes in the litigation of Railroad Accidents, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Claims, Truck Accidents, 18-Wheeler Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and catastrophic injury claims as the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the Walker Law Firm, better known as Walker Texas Lawyer, today at 713-552-1117.
Causes of Railroad Accidents?
Walker Texas Lawyer knows that the Federal Railroad Administration has reported that there were 1,979 railroad accidents in 2011 throughout the nation—resulting in almost 3 accidents per million train miles traveled. This resulted in 6 fatalities and more than 200 “nonfatal conditions.” The primary types of train accidents included derailments, which accounted for over 70% of railroad accidents, and collisions, which accounted for 7%.
The primary causes of railroad accidents include the following:
- Human Factors – 36%
- Track Defects – 34%
- Equipment Defects – 12%
- Signal Defects – 2%
- Miscellaneous – 17%
Statistically, human error is the greatest contributing factor to all accidents. This can be anything from distracted train operation to lack of proper training or maintenance. The second leading cause is track defects. Train accidents can take place while trains are in motion. These accidents typically result in the serious and fatal injurys. Accidents can also take place in rail yards while maintenance is being performed. Also not uncommon is for railway workers to develop occupational diseases from exposure.