Improperly Maintained Railroad Tracks Lawyers
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and all Arizona cities and communities
Train accidents are surprisingly common. In 2007, over 13,000 train-related incidents occurred, resulting in 851 deaths and 8,801 injuries. While many of these incidents involved collisions with other individuals on the tracks – either cars or pedestrians – a number of them resulted from derailments on improperly maintained railroad tracks. It is extremely important for railroad companies to ensure that their tracks are well-kept in order to minimize the risk of such incidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a train accident caused by improperly maintained railroad tracks, then you may have a right to claim compensation from the responsible party. The Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff improperly maintained railroad tracks lawyers of Miller, Pitt, Feldman, & McAnally, PC have dedicated themselves to helping people in situations like yours. Call our offices today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.
The Importance of Maintaining Railroad Tracks
Improperly maintained railroad tracks introduce the potential for unwanted and extremely dangerous train derailments. Derailments, more so than impacts with pedestrians or even cars, put the lives of all onboard the train at risk. When trains partially or fully leave their designated tracks, especially when moving at high speeds, the impact force of the vehicle with the ground is strong enough to cause serious injury to the passengers. This force is also strong enough to throw out of the train any dangerous substances or chemicals that it may be carrying, potentially endangering everyone in the area.
Types of Rail Breaks
There are a number of rail breaks that can result from poor track maintenance:
- Breaks at rail joints
- Breaks due to manufacturing defects
- Breaks caused by wheelburn
- Breaks caused by wheelflats
- Breaks related to extreme weather conditions or changes