Railroad accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, including:
- Defective railroad tracks
- Aggressive driving – most collisions with passenger vehicles can be attributed to reckless driving by the driver of the passenger vehicle.
- Mechanical failure – contributing factors to mechanical failure include insufficient maintenance staff and money for repairs.
- Excessive cargo loads
- Increased train density
- Heavier cargo loads – heavier loads can result in derailment and other accidents