Trespassing on the Railroad

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Greater than half of all the fatal injuries on the United States railroads are sustained by trespassers. The paper provides a statistical analysis of the demographics of trespassers, the activities they were engaged in, and the causes of injury. It also analyzes trends over time. The paper finds that the risks of injury and death are particularly acute for males in their 20s and 30s. The annual casualty count has remained relatively stable in recent decades because growing affluence, which tends to reduce risk-taking behavior, has been balanced by increases in railroad activity and the size of the population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRailroad Economics
EditorsScott Dennis, Wayne Talley
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameResearch in Transportation Economics
ISSN (Print)0739-8859

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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