Although it may come as a surprise, shipping cargo by train is a huge industry in the United States. Practically everything you use on a daily basis involved some form of train travel in its construction or manufacturing.
Trains are the most efficient way to ship things cross-country because of the power, fuel efficiency, and limited traffic that are inherent in rail shipping. However, trains are also potentially very dangerous, with thousands of people dying every year in the United States as a result of injuries sustained due to train accidents.
If you have been injured as the result of an incident involving a train, or have experienced property damage because of a train accident, contact the Clearwater train accident lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos by calling 727-478-4948 today. An experienced auto attorney can assist in guiding you through the legal process and ensuring your claim is as strong as possible.
Train Related Deaths
The biggest cause for train-related deaths every year is automotive. That is, trains striking other vehicles. People often try to beat trains at railroad tracks or fail to leave cars that stall out on the tracks. You should never try to outrun a train, as it is not a contest you will win. If you find yourself in a situation where your automobile is stuck on the tracks, you shouldn’t chance it. Just walk away. While the car is replaceable, you are not.
Train derailment can also result in death, injury, and property damage. Trains are often used to carry hazardous cargo, such as explosives or toxic chemicals. There have been several incidents in the United States over the past few years in which derailments have resulted in explosions or dangerous gas leaks that have necessitated quarantining. People have died or been injured, and property damaged, as a result.