While many people throughout Missouri and the United States rely on personal vehicles to travel from place to place, mass transit is still widely used. From busses to airplanes and trains, millions of Americans trust mass transit vehicles to get them safely to and from their destinations. In many cases, mass transit vehicles are safe, but when an accident does happen, they can result in serious injuries.
A train derailment, for example, can cause serious injuries to the people aboard a train and those near the train. In fact, derailments are the most common type of railway accident. Data shows that these accident are caused from a number of different sources including broken wheels, a failure to obey signals, issues with the track and communication errors. Speed can also contribute to these accidents.
Because of the seriousness of railway accidents, steps need to be taken to reduce the risk of derailment. Experts say that there are many ways to reduce the risk of these accidents. One, rail lines need to be properly maintained and repaired. Railway inspections are also very important; railways can use onboard detection systems that can help to notify people of issue with the train or its tracks.
The upmost care should be used when operating a railway. If a train conductor did not use such care, and an accident occurs, there may be civil remedies. If the negligence contributed to a mass transit accident, then the injured parties may be entitled to compensation. While this blog post is only meant to give general information, an attorney can give specific details about a particular case.