When it comes to a collision between a train and just about any other vehicle in the world, the likelihood is that the train is intact and the other vehicle has been destroyed and its occupants are either dead or very seriously injured. Train usage has increased over the past few years - and so, too, have train accidents. Here in New Mexico, we have seen the increase in train accidents involving the Rail Runner. Unfortunately, we anticipate more accidents as train use continues to grow.
Train accidents occur because of four main causes:
Tracks and Structures
Signal and Train Control
Reports from a recent five-year study show that a big majority of railroad accidents resulted from human error or track causes.
Federal statistics show there were 851 railroad fatalities and nearly 9,000 non-fatal accidents in 2007. In fact, drivers are 30 times more likely to die in a railway crossing accident than in other car accidents. Federal records show 2,749 highway-rail incidents in 2007.
At Ken Wagner Law, P.A., we will aggressively represent you in your train accident claim. This representation will include use of expert witnesses regularly used as consultants in our cases and accident reconstruction experts.
Let us put our fifty-plus years of experience to work for you. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a railroad accident, contact our office for a consultation at (505) 242 - 6300 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultations with our law firm are free and we take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we collect an attorney fee only if you recover a settlement or judgment in your lawsuit.