The roar and chug of a train elicits nostalgic, romantic images for many Americans. Trains have long been a vital and popular part of United States culture. But trains are more than just fascinating relics of the past. Trains are extremely powerful machines that can pose a serious threat to citizens that fail to abide by certain laws and common sense rules.
Train accidents can be the fault of a careless individual or of train workers. But whatever the cause, the facts remain the same. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, around 3,000 train accidents occur every year in the United States. About 1,000 of these accidents result in fatalities. Most train accidents are the result of trains colliding with other trains, a car or bus, a train derailment or a pedestrian crossing or playing on the tracks.
It is important that individuals take train safety into their own hands. There are a number of reasons train collisions and accidents occur. Many accidents are the result of: