In the state of Texas, up to 42 people a year are killed as the result of railroad accidents, according to the Federal Railroad Administrator Office of Safety Analysis. Employees injured as a result of railroad accidents can reach as high as 243 per year. There are dozens of railroad companies based in Texas including common and private freight carriers, in addition to passenger carriers. And this does not even include out of state railroad companies who use our tracks. In short, the railroad industry is still regarded as one of the most dangerous in the country. In addition to railroad related fatalities and injuries, hundreds of railroad employees both on and off the tracks may be diagnosed each year with serious illnesses as a result of their mandatory exposure to harmful materials and substances.
Causes of Baytown Railroad Accidents
Too many cases of railroad accidents can be traced back to safety measures that were not properly and consistently followed. The collision of a car and a train is far too common and is comparable to a car colliding with a tricycle. Even though the train may be moving at a slow speed, its size and weight can cause a truly devastating accident. All forms of railroad accidents can produce severe injuries and death for both the train passengers and those on the street. In addition to collisions with street vehicles, other railroad accidents can involve:
- Derailment as the result of poor rail maintenance or poor driving
- Head on collision with another train or object as the result of poor navigation
- Rear end collision as the result of poor driving or sudden train breakdown
- Side collision when tracks do not coordinate
- Raking collision or when there is a collision between parts or structures on an adjacent track
- Broken train collision when part of a train brakes during transport and collides
- Highway rail crossing when a train crosses a highway and collides with a street vehicle or vehicles
- Obstruction collision when an object or objects are failed to be removed from the tracks or spotted by the conductor
- Explosion or detonation when a train carrying volatile substances fails to adequately store them
- Fire or violent rupture when a train fails to maintain its components and a fire is ignited by fuel or other source causing a violent rupture
Victims of Baytown Railroad Accidents
When your or someone you know has been injured in a railroad accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Railroad companies tend to be on the defensive after an accident and may attempt to cover up the cause of the accident or even blame the victims.