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Railroad accidents in Connecticut and beyond may prompt changes

Safety is always a high priority where Connecticut railway systems are concerned. In fact, it's logical to assume that most railroad companies throughout the nation consider worker and passenger safety a top concern. When railroad accidents occur, investigations often lead to changes in regulations or equipment and system upgrades.

Many feared high speed rails would lead to railroad accidents

Connecticut trains travel fast at times but never even come close to those in Europe that are said to move at speeds as high as 300 miles per hour. A high speed train in the United States may reach speeds over 100 miles per hour on certain stretches of track. Those who oppose high speed locomotion worry that traveling at such high speeds increases the risk for railroad accidents to occur.

Workers sometimes file legal claims following railroad accidents

The Federal Employers Liability Act protects Connecticut railroad workers by allowing them to file injury claims against employers based upon evidence of negligence. The railroad system is unique in this way as workers in other industries who receive workers' compensation benefits are generally barred from suing their employers for personal injury in civil court. Railroad accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, and one engineer in another state sued his employer three years after a train he was driving derailed.

Know how to protect yourself if you're injured on the railroad

You might be one of many Connecticut railroad workers whose dream of working with trains began in childhood. Perhaps you come from a family where railroad work spans across several generations. Working on the railroad can be a rewarding experience; it's also one of the most dangerous types of work as well.

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.

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.

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.

Town considers closing crossings to prevent railroad accidents

Train track crossings are some of the most dangerous places on our nation's roadways, and they are often the scenes of collisions involving locomotives and motor vehicles. There have been some very serious railroad accidents in recent months throughout the country. An official spokesperson for a town outside Connecticut said the town is considering closing two of its four railroad crossings to decrease community dangers.

Similar railroad accidents in Connecticut have led to litigation

A terrible accident occurred in another state that involved railroad workers and automobile travelers. Railroad accidents in Connecticut and elsewhere often result in fatalities. Thankfully, everyone survived this collision although several people, including railroad workers, were injured.