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According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), about 8,500 injuries and 1,000 fatalities can be attributed to almost 11,000 train accidents every year. Most of these fatalities happen because of train derailments. Other causes include train collisions with cars, collisions between train and highway users, and trespassing.
In train accidents, a single individual may be injured or hurt, such as when someone is run over by a train or falls from a crowded coach. However, there are other times when many people may be seriously affected by it, such as when trains collide at an unmanned crossing or when there is a toxic chemical spill.
Train accidents in the US have continued to decline for the past years – 43 percent lower in 2012 than in 2004, according to FRA. However, you may remember the September 2008 California train collision that resulted to 25 deaths and more than 100 injured people. The cause: a Metrolink engineer was texting on his cell phone seconds before the accident.
If you or a family member has suffered personal injury or wrongful death in a train accident, you need legal representation from a train accident attorney who is knowledgeable with FRA regulations and has extensive experience in the locomotive field.
Contact the Oliver Law Office of Columbus Ohio and speak to Jami S. Oliver, a leading train accident attorney. She can help you negotiate fair and full compensation for you and your loved one. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.