Some accidents can be caused by a defective part, improper maintenance, or improperly secured cargo. Just a few of the most common types of mechanical failures include:

  • Malfunctioning brakes
  • Track component failure
  • Broken wheels
  • Malfunctioning train signals
  • Engine failure
  • Glitchy communication equipment

Drilling down into the precise type of mechanical failure that occurred is a job for a train accident lawyer. Crash scene investigation takes time, and your train accident attorney may even need to pore through the transit company’s internal documents to determine exactly what happened.