With ridership on Amtrak and passenger trains rising, accidents remain a major issue for the public.
In 2017, roughly 14 people were killed a week by trains in the United States alone. Another nearly 7,000 people suffered nonfatal injuries, according to Federal Railroad Administration.
With the nation currently in the midst of a massive railway expansion and a growing number of people using railroads for travel, the amount of train-related accidents is expected to stay high.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Changes to regulation, more efficient track maintenance and better training for train operators can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a lawsuit after an accident for railroad service providers to make the change.