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3 Train Crash Facts You May Not Know

Train whizzing by downtown Los Angeles

Train crashes are a relatively rare occurrence, but when they do happen, they often result in catastrophic injuries or deaths. In this blog post, we will discuss three train crash facts that you may not know. We will also provide some tips on how to stay safe while traveling by train. Read on to learn more.

3 Train Crash Facts You May Now Know

Did you know that...

Most collisions occur at less than 35 miles per hour (mph)?

In fact, most crashes that occur between trains and passenger vehicles happen when trains are traveling at a pace that is less than 35 mph. In about a quarter of all collisions, the train is already crossing the intersection when the vehicle collides with it.

The average train weighs 12 million pounds (lbs)?

By contrast, the average passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000-4,000 lbs, making the weight ratio of a train to a car about 4,000 to one. This is equivalent to the weight ratio of a car to an aluminum can.

Most train accidents are caused by human error?

In fact, according to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, about one-third of all train accidents are caused by human error. This includes errors made by the train conductor and errors made by railroad employees.

Tips to Help Keep Yourself Safe

  • So, what can you do to stay safe on or around trains? Here are some tips:
  • Slow down when approaching railroad crossings.
  • Never race a train to cross the tracks.
  • Listen for whistles and/or bells when approaching a train crossing
  • Understand that trains are moving faster and are closer than you think.

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If you’ve suffered injuries in a train accident, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away with your questions.

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