Utah Train Accident Lawyer
We Will Help You Stay On the Track to Recovery After Your Train Accident
Though more rare than car or bus accidents, train accidents cause considerably more damage. A TRAX light rail train weighs about 27 times more than the average car. Traveling at 25 mph, that train will hit a car with five times the force of a 60 mph car crash. Because of this potential for damage, if you have been injured in a train accident, you shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of your financial and physical recovery alone. At Christensen & Hymas, our attorneys are experienced at handling train accident cases. We know the resources and options available to you.
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Train Accident Information You Need
Since the “Golden Spike” joined together the transcontinental railroad at Utah’s Promontory Point, trains have been an important part of Utah history and Utah living. Since that time, rails began branching across the state—a trend which continues today with UTA’s TRAX system. While riding the rails is a smart, economic way to commute or get around town, trains also pose many dangers. Utah ranks high in TRAX accidents compared to other cities with similar train systems. Part of the reason behind this is the way TRAX has been integrated with existing roads, creating over 680 public crossings that intersect with car and pedestrian traffic. Since most fatal accidents occur at these crossings, each one increases the risk for someone to become injured or die in a train accident. Because of this, it is important to always stay aware of trains and train crossings. It is also important to stay informed, know Utah laws, and learn important safety tips to avoid risk in the future.
What You Need to Know About Train Accident Laws
What are the responsibilities of train companies, train drivers, and other drivers on the road? Who is at fault if there is an accident? Learn more about your rights and responsibilities on Utah’s roadways, as well as when and how you should seek legal help after a train accident by clicking here.
Utah Train Accidents by the Numbers
In 2011, the number of people using TRAX more than tripled. Since that time, the number of regular TRAX users continues to rise–and so do the number of accidents. For more interesting facts and stats about train accidents in Utah, click here.
Train Safety Tips
Much about staying safe comes from staying informed. We want you and your family to stay as safe as possible, so we’ve compiled a few safety tips from the UTA about their trains, platforms, and crossings: Red flashing lights control the rail crossings. Never cross the tracks while the arms are moving or red lights are flashing. I know we’re often in a hurry. We get frustrated and don’t want to waste precious time idling at a train crossing. But, whenever you might be tempted to floor your gas pedal or dash across the street to beat the train, remember that a few minutes of patience now can help guarantee you’ll have many more minutes left in your future. Remember it only takes a second to be safe!
- Always watch for trains—look both ways before crossing the tracks.
- Avoid dangerous distractions—take off headphones, don’t text or talk on the phone while crossing the tracks.
- Don’t bike or skateboard on a train platform.
- Stand behind the yellow line when trains are approaching the platform.
- Hold hands with smaller children.
- Never cross between train cars or through the trackway—always use designated safe crossings.
- Never go around a lowered gate or try to outrun a train. Just wait for the train to pass, the gates to lift, and lights to stop before crossing the track.
- Obey all traffic signals and signs. Many accidents occur when motorists run a red light or make an improper left turn in front of a train.