On average, five people were killed every year in Connecticut railroad accidents between 2000 and 2008, according to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration.
You are much more likely to be injured while driving your own vehicle than while riding aboard a train. However, when train accidents happen, they can be truly catastrophic. Railroad accidents can involve derailments or collisions with other trains. They pose risks to railroad passengers as well as people in the immediate area, especially when toxic chemicals are released from damaged tanker cars.
Types of Railroad Accidents
Train accidents are often caused by operator errors, as in the case of the train engineer in California who missed a red light because he was allegedly texting on his cell phone. Railroad employees who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or fatigued from working too many consecutive hours, put others at risk. Train accidents can also be caused by equipment failures or lack of proper maintenance.
The attorneys at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder represent clients injured in train accidents throughout Connecticut. If you were injured while riding aboard a Metro North, Amtrak or Shoreline East train, or if you were injured because of an exposure of toxic chemical released in a train accident, it is important to speak to an attorney about your rights and options.
Please contact our office to arrange a free consultation and evaluation of your train accident case. From offices in Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven, Connecticut, our personal injury lawyers represent clients injured in train accidents throughout the state.