Ellenville residents, just like residents of other towns situated in close
proximity to New York City, are quite accustomed to using train travel.
Using trains as an avenue of transportation can be for work, pleasure,
or a little of both. And of course sometimes train travel is only used
during the winter holiday season to visit friends and family.
Experienced Ellenville train accident attorneys know that persons driving and riding in automobiles are far more likely
to be involved in a collision as compared to train passengers. With that
said, train accidents still occur and to the tune of roughly three thousand
per year. The major difference between train accidents and
car accidents is the catastrophic consequences of train accidents. Any time a train
is involved in an accident, there will most likely be serious injury and
or death accompanied by extensive property damage and possibly environmental damage.
There are several basic forms of
train accidents: train versus car collisions, train versus train collisions, train versus
pedestrian accidents, train platform accidents, and derailment accidents.
In total, these types of train accidents result in roughly one thousand
deaths each and every year in the United States of America. The wise person
knows that these accidents and fatalities do not stop for the winter holiday season.
The most vulnerable possible victim of a
train accident is the pedestrian. This type of victim faces the possibility of being
struck by a train without the benefit of any type of protection. Pedestrians
standing on train platforms and by railway crossings will most certainly
die if a train strikes them. But vehicles crossing rail road tracks are
If the view of train tracks is obstructed or if the crossing gates and
signals fail to activate, a vehicle may attempt a crossing in front of
an oncoming train, having been completely unaware the train was coming.
When this happens, the vehicle is crushed by the train. If the car occupants
survive, their injuries may eventually be life ending or their injuries
may be long term and permanent.
Train passengers may only find themselves slightly safer if a train versus
train accident occurs. The sheer mass of locomotives equates to extensive destruction
any time a collision occurs. Bear in mind that train passengers do not
wear seat belts, meaning that passengers will be propelled airborne if
and when an accident occurs.
Learn about winter travel accidents, liability, risks, and issues
in our article available here. Find out about taxi accidents during the holidays in
our blog post here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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