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The locomotive is one of the world's oldest forms of transportation (next to traveling by covered wagon). Huge improvement have been made on this form of travel through design, and technology. However, sometimes with more complicated technology and faster speeds and compounded travel, there an be imperfections that may result into an injury.

There are over 600 railroads and 200,000 miles of track in the United States. From 2005 through 2010, there were approximately 30,400 train accidents, killing more than 4,800 people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Bringing legal action after a train accident is much more complicated than traditional car accident cases. The first issue is who to sue. It could be the train company with maintenance issues, train manufacturer, government controlling train crossing controls, or maybe a car did not yield properly. Investigating the facts is complicated and very different from a n auto accident. Hollingsworth and Mumen can help! See contact us or immediate free case evaluation

A 19 year old railroad conductor sustained massive injuries to the upper thighs and lower abdominal and fractures to both legs in addition he had multiple areas of his pelvis injuried. He underwent amputation surgery to both legs. The railroad violated the federal radio communication rule governing train operations. The young man was awarded $33 million.

Out of all transportation by train, traveling by a 'tram' is probably the most safe.  Travel by a tram is typically considered as environmentally friendly and very efficient. It is a relatively cheap way to transport passengers in cities or a high dense population. A tram typically travels at a relatively slow speed in cities, however, light rail vehicles may drive at a speed of 70 to 100 kilometres per hour (approximately. 44 to 60 miles per hour). An example of this is the 'Detroit People Mover' or the downtown  Chicago 'EL' (short for Elevated Train which  rises above the sidewalks and streets when it is in the Chicago 'Loop' in the downtown district of the city and parts of the outskirts of Chicago).

Train issues

Derailment of a train 

    Collisions of a freight trains/passenger trains

    Runaway train cars

    Commuter (or tram) rail/light rail accidents

    Sudden train severe movements resulting in  an injury

    Inadequate maintenance of rail terminals & equipment

    Failure to warn of safety hazards

    Improperly parked train cars                 

    Negligence of conductors/engineers

    Negligence in railroad crossing maintenance/design

    Negligent railway maintenance

    Negligent security at trains/train stations

    Illness /health issues aboard trains

    Unnecessary excessive speed   

    On the job issues resulting in accidents

    Failure to warn of low-bed truck hazards at a crossing

    MBTA accidents

    MBCR accidents

    Tram crashes/derailments

Sources of compensation for train accident injuries/losses
  • Business/Company/Train owner
  • Insurance company
  • Government entities
  • Train/Tram manufacturers may face separate liability for negligence during the manufacturing process or design process for injuries due to a car accident. Injuries may be caused
  • Lost wages if you take time off form your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)

  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship