According to the Federal Railroad Administration 2,217 railroad crossing collisions occurred in 2018, with Alabama ranking eighth in total number of collisions nationwide. Currently the state of Alabama has approximately 3,500 miles of railroad track with over 6,500 total railroad crossings. Because mass transit is practically non-existent in Alabama, most residents rely on operating a motor vehicle to travel. This means that statistically, Alabama residents are more at risk of being involved in a railroad accident when compared to other states. In 2018 alone, Alabama had 11 railroad crossing deaths and 81 collisions.
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What Causes Railroad Accidents
Given Alabama’s growing heavy reliance on automotive transportation, drivers simply aren’t always thinking about trains during their commutes. Not to mention mistakes and malfunctions by the railroad companies at railroad crossings. Here are a few common causes of railroad accidents:
- Improper/No Warning Signals Installed
- Defective Warning Signals
- Train Failure to signal
- Train Operator Error
- Improper line of sight for vehicles and pedestrians
- Track defects
Railroad/Train Accident Cases
If you or a loved one have been involved in a railroad accident, you have the right to justice and compensation. At the offices of Walton Law Firm, PC, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will inform you of the laws regarding your case and what you could be eligible for. Let us fight for what you deserve, contact us today!