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If you've been involved in a railroad-related accident, don't hesitate to contact a Birmingham train accident lawyer from Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. immediately. Although traveling by rail is less frequent today, hundreds of thousands of miles of railroad tracks still run through the country.
Within Alabama alone, there are roughly 3,973 miles of track with nearly 6,000 public and private crossing areas. Amtrak’s passenger rail service, which already makes stops in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston, recently added a station in Mobile as part of a larger expansion into the Gulf Coast.
Unfortunately, train accidents continue to cause injuries and deaths every year in the United States. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are more than 2,500 train accidents every year involving:
Almost 95 percent of railroad fatalities and injuries involve vehicle/train collisions at grade crossings or pedestrians walking on or near railroad property.
A collision between a car and a train occurs every 90 minutes in the United States. Overall, there were 2,059 vehicle and train crashes in 2015, which resulted in 244 deaths and 967 injuries. Alabama is ranked 6th in the nation in vehicle and train collisions at public and private crossings. In 2015, there were 90 vehicle/train crashes in Alabama, resulting in 5 fatalities and 34 injuries.
Passenger vehicle occupants are almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle. To put it into perspective, the force of a 30-car freight train colliding with a car is the equivalent of your vehicle crushing a soda can.
Train/pedestrian accidents are referred to as trespassing incidents because railroad tracks are considered private property and walking along them is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous. Despite this fact, train/pedestrian accidents continue to be the major cause of railroad-related fatalities and the number of fatal trespassing accidents has been on the rise since 2011.
Nearly 909 people were injured or killed while walking on or near train tracks in 2015. Alabama ranked 17th in the nation for train/pedestrian fatalities in 2015, with 14 trespassing deaths and/or injuries.
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Train accidents can be catastrophic. Common injuries include:
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a train accident, you may be facing extensive physical injuries, lost wages, and mounting bills. The train accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. have more than 65 years of collective legal experience handling virtually every type of vehicle injury case and in-depth knowledge of laws that apply to train accidents. Our skilled Birmingham vehicle injury lawyers can evaluate your case, explain your legal options, and help you determine your best course of action going forward.
Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your accident and injuries, you may be able to receive compensation for your:
We have helped accident victims across Alabama obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and other losses. Call the Birmingham personal injury lawyers today at 205-933-1500 to receive a free consultation.