Transportation Accidents

Types of Catastrophic Accidents

Some of the most catastrophic injuries occurring in accidents every year involve aviation accidents,commercial truck accidents, and train accidents.  The actual number of these occurrences is much lower than automobile accidents, but the toll in terms of lost lives and loss of limbs is much higher.

Aviation Accidents

Aviation safety in the United States is at an all-time high, with dramatic declines in the number of commercial airliners being involved in fatal crashes.  However, adverse events, and near-miss incidents occur far too often.

In spite of the fact that plane crash numbers have declined over the past few years, the Federal Aviation Administration continues its pressure on airlines, because even a single plane crash can be one too many.  Plane crashes typically end with the deaths of almost all passengers and crew members on board, and survivors may be left with catastrophic life-altering injuries like spinal cord and brain injuries.

Commercial Trucking Accidents

About 4,000 people every year are killed in accidents involving 18-wheelers, semi-rigs, and commercial trucks.  Those fatality numbers have declined over the past few years as the recession contributed to lowered freight activity and a lower number of commercial trucks on our highways.  However, as the economy begins to improve, and trucking activity increases, the fatalities are expected to begin increasing again.

The occupants of any passenger vehicle that is involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer have a much higher risk of being injured or killed compared to the occupants of the commercial truck.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been under pressure to reduce the risks of truckers who drive while they are fatigued, sleepy or distracted.

Train Accidents

Train accidents in the United States typically involve the collision of 2 trains, or collisions between trains and other vehicles, like commercial trucks.  These are some of the most devastating train accidents, and they’re usually caused because of the negligence of the operator of the train, or mechanical failures of the train.  Most collisions that occur between a passenger vehicle or a truck and train occur because of insufficient railroad crossing warnings and signs, or negligence on the part of the truck driver.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, train accident or commercial truck accident, we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation by using our web form or calling us at (312) 263-1000.