The number of deaths caused by railroad accidents has held steady in Missouri since 2008, after peaking in that year. According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, 20 people died in Missouri train accidents in 2008 and again in 2009, up from 12 deaths in 2007. Four people were involved in fatal train accidents in the first quarter of 2010.
The number of train-car accidents also decreased in 2009. In that year, Missouri saw 39 train-car collisions, down from 46 in 2008. Eight of the train-car accidents in 2009 were fatal, while ten of the 2008 train-car accidents were fatal. Both 2008 and 2009 saw 17 injuries in train-car accidents, which was less than the 26 injuries recorded in 2007.
People entering the railroad right-of-way on foot without permission saw the most dramatic increases in deaths and injuries over the past three years. The number of trespasser deaths jumped from five in 2007 to nine in 2008 and to 12 in 2009. Meanwhile, the number of railroad trespasser injuries in Missouri dipped slightly from nine in 2007 down to five in 2008, but rebounded to nine injuries in 2009. Since the beginning of 2010, one trespasser has been injured on a Missouri railroad and two have been killed.
Trains pose a significant threat to both pedestrians and motorists. The considerable size and weight of a train leaves an unprotected person and their vehicle at risk for serious injury, damage, and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Missouri train accident, please don't hesitate to contact the experienced legal team at Page Law. Our personal injury attorneys in St. Louis will help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.