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Denver and Aurora Railroad Accidents AttorneyEvery day trains travel more than 1.5 million miles transporting passengers, goods and livestock across the United States. With over 233,000 miles of track, America’s economy is still widely dependent on trains. While train accidents have been decreasing over the last few years, there are still over 2,500 train accidents every year according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Due to the sheer size and power of a train, these railroad accidents are often catastrophic and devastating.
Colorado Railroad AccidentsAccording to studies done by the Federal Railroad Administration, train accidents are generally caused by human factors, track damage, train equipment, signals or train control systems. Two of those categories (human factors and tracks) are responsible for more than 70% of all train accidents. In 2007, there were over 2,500 highway-rail grade crossing and trespass fatalities across the United States. While this number is on the decline, even one person killed in a train accident is too many. Here are just a few of the causes of train accidents and injuries:
- Train derailment
- Vandalism of track or equipment
- Malfunction of train warning devices
- Overloaded freight car
- Automobile driver deliberately trying to outrun a train or disregarding the crossing warning devices
- Snow, ice or mud on track
- Driver or conductor error