Train Crossing Accident In Daytona Beach Claims Life Of Local Man
Trains provide a scenic way to travel. They are also used in transporting products and materials throughout the state. Unfortunately, train accidents pose serious risks as do tracks running through the Daytona Beach area and crisscrossing Volusia County. These accidents can result in serious, potentially life-threatening personal injuries for passengers, nearby motorists, and pedestrians. A recent fatal train crossing accident in Daytona Beach is a tragic example.
Fatal Train Crossing Accident In Volusia County
According to a March 16, 2021 news report by Click Orlando, a local man lost his life after a train crossing accident in Volusia County. It involved the Florida East Coast Railroad and happened near the Daytona Beach-Holly Hill area. While police have not released any details about the accident, they are urging residents to avoid crossing railroad tracks in that area.
While train crossing accidents may seem relatively uncommon, the fact is that they occur several times a year in the Daytona Beach area. Operation Lifesaver (OLI) is a national nonprofit that works to raise awareness of rail crossing and other types of train accidents. They report that it is not uncommon for pedestrians, particularly children, to wander near tracks or need to cross them as part of their regular walking route. The same is true of drivers, who face significant risks as well.
People often think of trains as slow moving and may tempt fate when crossing tracks. However, it is easy to underestimate the speed at which a locomotive is traveling and this mistake can end up costing you your life. OLI reports that highway-rail grade crossing crashes and accidents involving pedestrians or motorists account for more than 95 percent of train accident fatalities
Common Ways Train Accidents Can Happen
In addition to commercial trains that run throughout our area, Amtrak provides passenger train service to Daytona Beach from destinations across the country. Residents are urged to use extreme caution whenever approaching train tracks or stations. You also need to be alert when taking a train of the variety of ways in which personal injuries can happen.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports more than 2,000 train accidents each year and Florida is one of the states in which they are most common. Frequent ways they occur include:
- Train derailments, which occur when trains jump the tracks. This can happen due to speeding, obstacles in the path of the train, or defects within the tracks.
- Train crashes, which can happen due to overscheduling or signaling errors.
- Onboard accidents, such as slips and falls, getting struck by objects, and being thrown from your seat.
- Train station accidents, which can happen due to improper maintenance and pushing along crowded platforms.
Contact Us Today for Help
When train accidents happen, Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. help you hold the train company accountable so you can get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. To request a consultation, call or contact our Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys online today.