What are U.S. railroad accident statistics?

  • trains-on-trackAccording to the Federal Railroad Administration, in an average year in the United States, more than 3,000 train accidents occur leading to death, injury and property damage.
  • National statistics show that every two hours there is a train accident in the USA.  Almost all of these accidents involve some type of property damage—and in some cases injury and death.
  • Almost all train accident claims and lawsuits are subject to a host of varying laws and legal standards, often involving several parties pointing the finger at overall responsibility.
  • Half of all railroad accidents occur at crossings that are inadequately protected. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, more than 80% of railroad crossings don’t have sufficient warning signals and devices.