In 2010, 1,076 railway accidents were reported to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. All forms of train accidents are capable of producing severe injuries or death. When you consider that the impact of a train and a car is akin to the impact of a car and a soda can – the size and weight of a moving train can result in a substantial impact.
Crossing accidents include motor-vehicle/train collisions, pedestrian/train collisions and commercial truck/train collisions and are much more common than most people realize. There were 181 crossing accidents in 2010.
FACT: In 2010, there were 181 crossing accidents.
FACT: In 2010, there were a total of 81 rail fatalities.
Crossing accidents represent one of the most serious types of rail accidents in terms of casualties. 22% of crossing accidents result in either serious or fatal injuries; in fact, there were 19 fatal crossing accidents in 2010.
Transport Canada statistics indicate about 79 people per year are killed or seriously injured in trespassing accidents. Unsafe railroad crossings present a serious danger to pedestrians much like they do to vehicles.
FACT: Of recorded rail fatalities, trespasser fatalities were the largest category with 55 fatalities in 2010.
Railroad companies have succeeded in upholding an impression that any instance of a pedestrian hit on railroad tracks is a case of careless trespassing or suicide. Although these two issues are very real and cost many lives each year, not every pedestrian accident fits into one of these categories.
A total of 80 main-track derailments were reported in 2010 which resulted in 1 fatality and 8 serious injuries. If the equipment on a train is not properly maintained and operated, then derailments can occur – tragically causing devastating injuries and death.
Injuries Associated with Railroad Accidents
Surviving victims of railroad accidents can suffer injuries similar to those sustained in other motor vehicle accidents. Common injuries caused by railroad accidents include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, concussions, sprains, fractures, abrasions, burn injuries and internal and soft tissue injuries.
Railroad companies often deny responsibility, especially in regards to accidents at railroad crossings, making this form of litigation a complicated arena. Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Martin G. Schulz & Associates will meticulously analyze all of the facts of your case to determine the degree to which the railroad company was responsible, what sorts of compensation you may receive, and will fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are advocated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a railroad accident, contact our offices today for a free legal consultation.