Tennessee Railroad Accident Lawyer

Train and Railroad Accidents

Train travel is one of the oldest means of transportation in the United States. The railroad also continues to be a popular, economical method of shipping freight across the country. Still, the devastation of train accidents remains a reality in the state of Tennessee where hundreds have lost their lives and even more have been injured in train accidents over the years.

According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, there were a total of 12,397 train accidents in the United States in 2008; of these, 718 involved fatalities. Statistics show that human error contributed to 36 percent of these accidents; equipment defects about 13 percent; track defects 35 percent; and signal defects contributed to 2 percent of these accidents. About 14 percent of these incidents were a result of other miscellaneous causes. In 2008, 22 train accidents resulted in the release of hazardous materials causing 4,374 residents to be evacuated.

Statistically, there is some positive news for the state of Tennessee. There were fewer train derailments and collisions in 2007 compared with 2006 and about a 20 percent decline in accidents overall. Even so, railroad accidents still occur, causing catastrophic and fatal injuries to passengers, motorists and pedestrians.

Where train accident injuries are the result of the fault of another, negligent parties can be held responsible for your injuries and all the associated consequences of those injuries. If the accident occurred because of a defect in the automatic train control system (ATC) or some signal or part of a train, the manufacturer of said products could be liable under Tennessee's product liability laws. If a party had a duty to maintain the ATC, signals, rails, or parts of the train and failed to adequately perform this duty, then that person and his or her employer may be liable for any and all injuries resulting from that failure. Moreover, if a party obstructed or vandalized a railway causing a derailment or other catastrophic accident, then that party will be liable for the personal injuries that result.

If injured in a train accident, you may be able to recover the following from a negligent party:

The experienced Tennessee accident attorneys at our firm have a successful track record with train accident cases, including those that are caused by:

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of a train accident in Tennessee, please schedule a free consultation with a train derailment attorney from Baker Associates today. We will fight to protect your rights and make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and/or loss.

If you are looking for train accident injury attorneys in the Knoxville or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area, schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys by completing the form below.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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