Kentucky Train Accidents
Accidents involving trains account for approximately 260 deaths and nearly 850 injuries annually in this country, based on data compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration. While train accidents in Kentucky are relatively rare, passenger trains and freight trains have the potential for tremendously dangerous collisions largely due to their size. In fact, a motorist is more than 20 times more likely to die as the result of an accident involving a train than another motor vehicle.
Train Accident Causes
There are many different types of train wrecks that can occur. People may be injured or killed at railroad crossings, as the result of a train derailment, in a collision with another train or even as a pedestrian. The sheer size and speed of a train makes any of these types of accidents potentially deadly. There may also be injury or death as a result of a train’s contents being leaked or spilled.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for creating and enforcing safety rules associated with our nation’s railroads, including those in Kentucky. Public and private train operators must adhere to the FRA safety standards. If a railroad company fails to follow safety standards and a train accident occurs, then the company may be held liable for the damages. Examples of railroad negligence may include:
- Poorly designed or poorly marked railroad crossings
- Poorly maintained or absence of traffic signals at railroad crossings
- Excessive or unstable cargo loads on trains
- Mechanical failures with the train or defective equipment
- Aggressive driving and speeding by the conductor
- Inattentive driving by the conductor
Of course pedestrians and automobile operators can cause serious train accidents as well, so it is imperative that drivers and pedestrians exercise caution and good judgment and comply with safety rules along railroad tracks and crossings.
Train Accidents and Your Legal Rights in Kentucky
When train accidents contribute to property damage, injuries or fatalities in Kentucky, the public or private train companies are potentially liable for the harm incurred by the victim of the train accident, whether the victim is a pedestrian, motorist or passenger. Damages may include medical bills, lost wages, or even loss of life. It is important that victims of train accidents immediately protect their legal rights. Often train companies want to settle cases quickly and on their own terms. Victims of train accidents can contact Kentucky attorney, Brett Oppenheimer, to discuss and assess their case. There are no costs associated with your consultation, and there are no lawyer fees or expenses unless your case results in a recovery. You can reach out to Brett via email or give him a call at (502)749-5700.