In recent months, we have seen several incidents of passenger trains hitting cars and trucks, resulting in serious personal injury and death to people in the cars and people on the trains in the case of a derailment. Although, it should be noted, in one of these recent train accidents, authorities alleged people in the car intentionally parked it on the tracks in attempt to cause an accident for which they later planned on filing an insurance claim.
According to a recent news article from The Washington Times, two people were taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after an Amtrak train collided into the car in which they were riding.
The latest train accident occurred at an at-grade crossing. As our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys can explain, an at-grade railroad crossing is particularly dangerous, because it means the tracks are at the same height as the street, as they are not elevated on a raised railroad bed, bridge or trestle.
At-grade railroad tracks may resemble old-fashioned trolley tracks embedded in the asphalt or concrete surface local street. South Carolina has many at-grade railroad crossings.
Authorities say, in this recent train accident, the crew and all 124 passengers on the train were not harmed during the collision, and the train did not derail, which, as we have seen in the past, can result in serious personal injury or death.
Every time a train accident occurs, the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), with assistance from local authorities, is required to perform a full investigation to determine the cause of the accident. There are a variety of reasons a train accident can occur. Some of these accidents are determined to be a result of operator error, a railroad company error, or a maintenance error. Other accidents are determined to be a result of a problem with a railroad crossing signal and roadblock system, or the absence of an adequate railroad crossing warning system where one should have been constructed.
If you were involved in a train accident, and it was caused by negligence on behalf of a railroad or railroad employees, you may have a valid personal injury case. However, it should be noted, every case is different, as the facts are never the same, so you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about the facts relevant to your actual situation. It should also be noted, nobody has been found to be at fault in this recent accident as of this time, though an investigation is still ongoing.
It does not matter whether you suffered an injury as a passenger on the train or were injured outside the train during the crash. Depending on the facts, you may have a case. One of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of recovering if you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence is to cooperate with police and never refuse medical attention or an ambulance ride to the hospital.
Contact our Spartanburg, South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
2 injured when Amtrak train hits car in North Carolina , April 27, 2015, Washington Times
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