The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about their upcoming efforts to improve safety and mobility of the railway system across the state. According to Caltrans, the funding for these improvements is coming from an $11.3 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) program. This grant is primarily aimed at deploying Positive Train Control (PTC), which is an advanced safety system designed to automatically stop a train before potential train-on-train, speed-related and signal-related incident occur.

Train Crash Statistics

  • In 2017, there were six train-crash related fatalities in the U.S.
  • There were a total of 11,760 train incidents in the U.S. in 2017.
  • There were 11 employee fatalities involving train incidents in 2017.

Improving Railway Safety in California

According to the press release, Caltrans is planning to improve safety and mobility for passenger trains and freight rail systems. The grant funding will go specifically to safety improvements for a 225-mile stretch between Oakland and San Luis Obispo. With additional funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and other various state and local funding sources, there will be a total of $33.6 million to improve railways in California.

Accidents Involving Trains in California

Whether you were injured in a train-on-train crash, a derailment or any other type of train accident, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries. Although train crashes aren’t quite as common as car accidents, they can be just as devastating, and often times, much worse. A Personal Injury lawyer can be your advocate after a train accident and help to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a train in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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