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:
- 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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