Train Accident Statistics

There can be a variety of factors at play in any kind of train accident. The Barnes Firm’s best train accident lawyers have been collecting statistics on train accidents and injuries for years so that their clients can achieve the best possible result.

Below are some of the most recent statistics on train accidents.

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Positive Train Control (PTC)

Whether it’s a train derailment accident, train crash, or a railroad crossing accident, the rail industry has made several safety advancements that have saved lives — but there’s also new technology available that hasn’t been implemented, and several train companies have lobbied Congress to push back deadlines to implement life-saving technologies, like Positive Train Control (PTC).

  • Over $1 Billion – the amount taxpayers have loaned to railroad companies to help implement safety technologies
  • 45% – the percentage of passenger trains equipped with PTC
  • 48% – the percentage of freight trains equipped with PTC
  • 52% – the percentage of passenger train employees who have been trained to use PTC
  • 20% – the percentage of passenger railroad tracks compatible with PTC

This has resulted in a number of accidents that could have been prevented.

Here are the most common causes of train accidents:

  • Speed
  • Track defects
  • Improper maintenance of the train tracks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Operator error
  • Collision with a car, bus or truck at crossing
  • Collapsed bridges
  • Malfunctioning train crossings
railroad lights lit up with a barrier down and a train behind it moving quickly on the tracks, a sunset is in the background
railroad lights lit up with a barrier down and a train behind it moving quickly on the tracks, a sunset is in the background

Other noteworthy train accident statistics include:

  • 80% of all railroad crossings do NOT have lights or safety gates
  • 60% of all fatal train accidents happen at unprotected crossings

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