Public railroads help commuters and travelers get around with ease and convenience. Usually, passengers get from point A to point B without a hitch. However, when a train crashes or fails to operate properly, the results can be catastrophic. Passengers, motorists and unsuspecting pedestrians can be at risk when railroad safety features fail. California train accidents can lead to serious injuries and death.

In many cases, railroad accidents are preventable. They are generally caused by human error and/or mechanical failure. If you or a loved one has been affected by a train accident, your California train accident attorneys can help determine the cause of the accident and assess liability. Railroad safety failures often include one or more of the following:

  • Worn rail conditions;
  • Bridge and walkway hazards;
  • Communication errors;
  • Improper signaling;
  • Mechanical failures;
  • Derailment;
  • Inadequate maintenance;
  • Train conductor fatigue.

Since the advent of railroads in the United States, the federal government has enacted laws to ensure the safety of train passengers. For example, the Safety Appliance Act of 1893 made air brakes and automatic couplers mandatory on all trains.

The more recent federal Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 has aimed to improve safety and security on public railways. The Federal Railroad Administration has begun to develop and implement a Risk Reduction Program which includes a Fatigue Management Plan for train personnel. Despite these evolving regulations, there will always be risks when boarding a train.

People hurt and families of people killed in railway accidents should be compensated for their losses. Bohn & Fletcher, LLP is a personal injury law firm working hard to uphold of the rights of injury victims inside and outside of the courtroom.