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San Diego Train Accident Attorney


Locomotive accidents are among the most serious and deadly transportation accidents than occur. In San Diego and throughout Southern California, train transit is popular option for residents, and as such many injuries and wrongful deaths have resulted from accidents. Oftentimes train accidents are caused by a person or party’s negligence or wrongdoing. If you are a victim of a train accident, you may be entitled to damages that cover the cost of your injury, related bills, and other related expenses.

Retain the expertise of top reviewed San Diego train accident and personal injury attorney Mission Legal Center today to learn more about your rights under California law.

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The Statistics

  • The average freight train is about 1-mile long.
  • At approximately 55 mph, it takes roughly 1 mile to completely stop after the brakes have been fully applied.

According to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA):

  • Since 2000, Amtrak ridership is up more than 50%.
  • Freight rail traffic is at an all-time high.
  • In 2014, 38% of train accidents were caused by human factors.
  • In 2014, 28% of train accidents were caused by track-related factors.
  • In 2015, California had the third highest number of train accidents.
  • In 2014, California train accidents resulted in 451 non-fatal and 107 fatal casualties.

The Common Contributing Factors in Train Accidents in San Diego

The average train – along with its cars – weighs about 8,000 to 10,000 tons, but can weigh up to 17,000 tons depending on the cargo. With the monstrous size and speed of a train, accidents can be devastating and fatal. Some of the most common train accident contributing factors are:

  • Equipment Malfunction
    • Electrical problems
    • Manufacturer defects
    • Faulty brakes
  • Human Error/Conductor Error
    • Fatigue
    • Under the influence of drugs/alcohol
    • Distractions (i.e. from a personal electronic device)
    • Speeding
    • Improper hazardous products storage
    • Safety protocol violations
  • Signal Defects
    • Poorly maintained crossing signals
    • Inadequate/defective safety protection devices and equipment at railway crossings
  • Track Defects
    • Faulty train tracks
    • Unsafe/poorly maintained bridges
    • Poorly maintained tracks
    • Inadequate railway inspections

Types of Train Accidents in California

Since trains aren’t capable of swerving out of the way for a track hazard or other obstruction, applying the brakes is virtually the only maneuver a train operator can make to avoid an accident. Accidents can involve:

  • Damage to personal property
  • Derailment
  • Release of Hazardous Products
  • Train vs. Motorcycle Collision
  • Train vs. Person Collision
  • Train vs. Train Collision
  • Train vs. Vehicle Collision

San Diego Train Accident – The Next Step

If you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident in San Diego County or nearby counties, contact Mission Legal Center. We are San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys with a proven record of success in helping those who suffer from a serious injury, to receive the necessary medical attention, care and treatment you need, in addition to compensation for future care you may require. Call for a free consultation and case-specific guidance: 619-777-5555. You may also contact us or follow us on Facebook. Learn more about Mission Legal on LinkedIn.

As a family-owned and operated San Diego Personal Injury and Accident Law Firm, Mission Legal Center is conveniently located in Mission Valley – San Diego, California.

San Diego Train Accident Attorney FAQ’s

Q: What causes train accidents and injuries in San Diego?

A: Train accidents and subsequent injuries are typically caused by equipment malfunction, human error or conductor fatigue, signal defects, or tract defects.

Q: If I’ve been injured in a train accident in San Diego County, who is responsible?

A: This will depend on specific circumstances involved with your accident. For example, if you are an injured employee of the railroad company, you may have a claim against your employer.

Q: What are common types of train accidents and injuries?

A: Train accidents may result in damage to personal property, derailment causing personal injury to passengers, and release of hazardous products. Trains also may collide with motorcycles, individuals, other trains, or vehicles. For more information about train accidents and injuries in Southern California, click here.

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Q: What is the Train Horn Rule?

A: It’s a federal regulation that mandates the use of horns at all grade crossings, to alert anyone within earshot of an approaching train. A national study showed that crossings that only had flashing lights and gates, without the sound of the horn, had an increased risk of collision by 66.8% than crossings that included the horn.

Q: What is the RSAC?

A: RSAC stands for the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, a Federal advisory committee under the Federal Railway Administration (FRA). This advisory committee, completely dedicated to railway worker safety, is comprised of representatives from various organizations, including: rail labor organizations, railroads, state associations, manufacturers, suppliers as well as rail passenger representatives/organizations.