Tag Archives: Train Accidents

What good is positive train control if it's inactive

Positive Train Control: What Use is an Inactive or Absent Safety Feature?

The past few months have certainly not been good for trains. Multiple high-profile wrecks–three in as many months–have brought the public’s gimlet eye down upon Amtrak, one of the most recognizable names in train transportation. For those who don’t follow the news (who could blame you these days?), here’s a quick summary of the most […]

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Trains aren't immune from liability if conductors break the rules.

Are Railroads Liable for Hitting Cars or Pedestrians on Their Tracks?

Many people assume that pedestrians and the drivers of cars are always at fault whenever they are struck by a train. This is built on the assumption that the pedestrian or car unlawfully entered the train’s right of way and the train couldn’t possibly stop in time, so the railroad is therefore innocent while the […]

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