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One state has been site of nation's worst railroad accidents

By and large, Connecticut railroad travel is considered safe, so long as everyone from start to finish adheres to national railroad safety regulations. As with all forms of motorized travel, however, there is always a risk for personal injury when working on or riding as a passenger on any of the nation's railway systems. Some areas seem more prone to railroad accidents than others are.

Cover all bases re railroad worker injuries and FELA

Working on a Connecticut railroad (or any other railway system in the nation) is an extremely dangerous job. There have been several recent railroad accidents that resulted in railroad worker injuries and deaths. Fortunately, recovering railroad workers are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act with the ability to sue employers based upon evidence of negligence that either caused or substantially contributed to their injuries.

Railroad accidents may be caused by failures to comply

Connecticut and all other states have compliance regulations that govern railroad work. In 2016, a horrendous crash took place when a locomotive barreling along the tracks at close to 100 mph slammed into a backhoe, resulting in many injuries and several fatalities. Results from a post-accident investigation were recently published, showing that failure to comply with safety regulations was a major factor in the collision. Workers injured in railroad accidents caused by employer negligence are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act with the right to sue their employers.

Tracking railroad safety and tips for how to avoid accidents

If you work on a Connecticut railroad, you may already be aware that there are enough railroad tracks laid in the United States to encircle the earth -- eight times. Whether you work on a freight train or one that carries daily commuters and other passengers, you know there is always a risk involved when working on or traveling by locomotive. The question is how to keep collision risks as low as possible. It's also important that you know where to seek support if your job causes you injury.

Protection for workers injured in railroad accidents

Working on a Connecticut railroad (or one in any other state in the nation) can be extremely dangerous. In fact, railroad work is often considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. Any train worker, from a lineman to a conductor or engineer, is at risk for injury, especially if proper training is not provided or employers fail to adhere to railroad safety regulations. Railroad accidents often result in catastrophic injuries; that's why it's important for workers and their families to understand the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Stats re railroad accidents mark one crossing highly dangerous

Working on the railroad or traveling by train can be risky at times. Connecticut is no stranger to railroad accidents, which often cause catastrophic injuries to those involved. Another state, however, has been included on a list of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the nation.