Considering the weight of a train and how fast it travels, it does not take much for a train wreck to cause massive destruction. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that all safety guidelines are followed at all times. Putting it simply, there is no margin for error. Yet, in 2012, a failure to adhere to safety precautions or failed safety mechanisms contributed to three railroad accidents. In February, a woman was killed when her vehicle smashed into an Amtrak train. The gate arms were up, and the warning lights were not working at the time of the crash. In June, one train missed three warning signals prior to a fatal collision with an oncoming train. In October, an Amtrak train got on the wrong track, injuring 14 people. It is frustrating to think that all three of these accidents were easily preventable. Instead, you have families grieving and trying to make sense of it all. While they can and should hire an experienced railroad accident attorney to try and get fair monetary compensation for their suffering, that does very little to ease their pain. Winning a claim against the railroad company will not bring a loved one back, nor will it eliminate any injuries suffered in the crash.