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Many different train lines and subways serve Silver Spring and surrounding communities in Maryland, including MARC trains, the METRO Red Line and Amtrak, which stops at the nearby Rockville train station.

Unfortunately, train accidents sometimes occur. And when they do, serious injuries and fatalities are common. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident caused by an irresponsible party, the victim may be eligible for financial compensation.

At Goldberg Finnegan, our Maryland train accident lawyers are always here for you and your family when an accident causes harm to your quality of life with free legal advice for all victims throughout Montgomery County and beyond.

To find out how we can help, contact our team of train accident lawyers today or fill out our free website contact form for your free case evaluation. There are no upfront costs, and we offer legal representation on a contingency fee basis.

Train accidents by the numbers

Rail transportation has become a popular and safe form of transportation, but just as car and truck accidents happen, so do train accidents. In fact, the number of train accidents has been on the rise in recent years, especially in the last decade.

In 2022, there were 954 railroad deaths, the most train accident fatalities in a single year since 2007, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The 2022 death toll was also 11 percent higher compared to the year before. Non-fatal railroad accident injuries also increased by 6 percent, from 5,882 in 2021 to 6,252 in 2022.

In the Maryland and Virginia region, there are often roughly 50 train accidents reported each year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Any type of train accident can lead to serious injuries or death among passengers and rail employees due to the size and weight of the locomotive.

Causes of train accidents

Injuries and fatalities caused by trains happen for many different reasons. Some common causes of train accidents include:

  • Defective railroad crossing signals and gates
  • Failure to use horn or lights to warn motorists of oncoming approach
  • Distracted conductor
  • Obstructed railroad crossing
  • Faulty tracks
  • Excessive speed
  • Distracted conductors
  • Mechanical defect
  • Inexperienced conductors

According to the FRA, human errors were the leading cause of train accidents and incidents followed by problems with the train tracks.

Types of train accidents

Oftentimes, the cause of the train accident will determine the type of collision that occurs. Human errors and malfunctioning parts of the locomotive often lead to derailment but could also cause other types of train accidents, including:

  • Train vs. train collision
  • Train vs. car accident
  • Railroad crossing collision
  • Fires

Additionally, some train accidents do not necessarily involve an actual collision. Collisions with pedestrians, passengers falling out of the car and material spills may also occur.

Contact our train accident lawyers today

Our team of legal professionals at Goldberg Finnegan is dedicated to helping train accident victims to get the legal representation they need to ensure they receive adequate and fair compensation for their losses.

With decades of legal experience, our lawyers can provide comprehensive legal advice and guide you through the litigation process. Our law firm is conveniently located in Silver Spring, Maryland, and we are ready to help you.

For your free case review, contact our team of Maryland train accident attorneys today. We can answer your questions, explain your options, and get right to work on your legal case.

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