Train Accident Statistics

By The Numbers: Train Accidents

There can be a variety of factors at play in any kind of train accident.

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

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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