Every few weeks, it seems, there’s news of yet another tragic, high-profile train crash that ends up injuring or even killing several passengers.
The truth is, there has been an abundance of passenger train accidents across the country in recent years, causing the millions of people who rely on Amtrak, commuter rail, subways, and other passenger trains for their daily commute to worry about the state of railroad safety in America.
Too often, these train accidents are caused by acts of sheer negligence on the part of a rail company, such as deteriorating track conditions that go unrepaired, equipment left on the rails, dangerous speeding through hazardous curves, or engineers who are distracted or fatigued while operating the train.
These mistakes can have devastating consequences for the passengers and crew riding the train in the form of broken bones and fractures, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, and other life-threatening injuries.
Even innocent bystanders and those living in homes near train tracks can be hurt or killed by a train careening off the track. In fact, nearly 1,000 people are killed in train accidents each year, and thousands of passengers suffer serious injuries annually, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
If you or someone you love was recently injured or killed in a train accident, our attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from a crash or derailment. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more today.
A List of Recent U.S. Train Accidents & Derailments
There have been a number of serious train accidents and derailments in recent years, including:
Feb. 4, 2018: An Amtrak train traveling from New York City to Miami hit a stationary freight train and derailed in South Carolina after being mistakenly diverted to the wrong track. Two people were killed and at least 116 people were injured.
Jan. 31, 2018: An Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to West Virginia carrying members of Congress crashed into a truck that tried to cross the tracks, despite reported warnings that a train was coming. Four people on the train were injured, and one passenger in the truck was killed.
Dec. 18, 2017: An Amtrak train traveling a new route in Washington state derailed on an overpass. Part of the train plummeted off the overpass onto the highway below. The crash killed three people and injured 80 more. The train was reportedly speeding 50 miles over the speed limit while navigating a curve, which investigators believe caused the derailment.
June 27, 2017: A NYC subway derailed in Manhattan, after striking a spare piece of rail that was improperly stored on the tracks, leaving 34 people were injured.
Sept. 29, 2016: A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken Terminal, killing one person and injuring over 100 others. The engineer failed to break as the train traveled into the station, and investigators believe the engineer’s undiagnosed sleep apnea was to blame for the crash.
May 12, 2015: An Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to NYC derailed in Philadelphia after the train engineer accelerated into a curve at over 100 mph in a 50 mph speed zone, killing eight people and injuring around 200 others. Investigators found that the derailment was likely due to engineer distraction, and in Feb. 2018 a Philadelphia judge ruled that the engineer must face criminal trial.