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Can oil and leaves on tracks cause railroad accidents?

Some people say so. In fact, a man who was working for a railroad in another state claims that was a key factor that caused a terrible two-locomotive collision in which he was involved. As in this instance, railroad accidents in Connecticut and beyond often lead to litigation, as employees are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act in their ability to sue their employers when injuries occur due to negligence.

Amtrak service often affected by railroad accidents

Railroad work is definitely among jobs at risk for injury; in fact, many consider it one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. Connecticut railroad workers may relate to the devastation often caused to employees and families when railroad accidents occur. While Amtrak service is generally considered safe, the rail company has had its share of serious collisions over the years. 

Railroad accidents often change lives forever

Many travelers choose trains as their preferred mode of transportation. Others make their livings on the railroad. Such work and travel often provides scenic beauty of pastoral Connecticut landscapes and surrounding countrysides and hills, but when railroad accidents occur, the devastation that results may linger in the minds of those who survive or were there to witness the scenes forever.

Aging equipment can lead to dangerous railroad accidents

Passenger trains have been a popular means of transportation for individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere for many years. Individuals who live in areas of heavily congested traffic often rely on trains to reach their destinations on time. The workers who operate these trains generally have demanding schedules intended to ensure customers aren't disappointed. Recent issues with similar modes of travel have raised concerns regarding safety and a possible need to take precautions to reduce the chance of railroad accidents.

Tracking paths to recovery after railroad accidents

Many Connecticut travelers choose commercial trains as their modes of transportation. Others not only ride the railroad on vacation but make their livings working there as well. There may be many perks to working on a railroad; still, this type of work continues to rank high on lists of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. When railroad accidents occur, the road to recovery may physically, emotionally and financially challenging.

Injuries from railroad accidents and working for the railroads

Most people here in Connecticut and elsewhere associate work injuries with one-time events. True, many injuries occur due to railroad accidents, and they are often work-related. However, some injuries occur over your time working for the railroads, which could present a challenge when proving they are work-related, but it is possible.

The risk of railroad accidents concerning ethanol tank cars

Over the past month alone two separate train cars transporting ethanol have derailed. While the first incident did not involve any injuries and no hazardous materials were spilled, the second crash was more severe. Several cars ruptured and erupted into flames following the event, and a reported 1,600 gallons of the product was released into nearby waterways. These events have caused officials in Connecticut and across the country to take a closer look at the practices involved in transporting ethanol, and the potential of dangerous railroad accidents in relation.

The FELA process after railroad accidents

Working for a railroad company in Connecticut and across the country is unique in many ways, least of all, the handling of an injury. Since railroad accidents are not covered by workers' compensation, like with most other industries, an employee must be familiar with the claims process in order to ensure he or she receives any benefits that might be due. Railroad injuries are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act, and – unlike workers' compensation – determining who was at fault for the accident is an important part of the process.

Awareness grows for railroad accidents at crossings

As city streets and highways become more crowded, drivers may forget about the existence of railroads until a passing train stops traffic and makes them wait. The fast pace of society may make this wait seem much longer than it actually is, and sometimes impatience can cause a driver to take deadly chances. In Connecticut and across the country, safety advocates are trying to make drivers more aware of the dangers of railroad accidents at crossings.

Worker killed in accident at New York railroad station

When people think of accidents involving railroad workers, they often think of accidents involving train crashes and collisions. However, workers can be injured even when a train isn't even moving. A recent accident in New York was a tragic reminder of this.