Man Injured in Train Accident
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
railroad accident took place on Thursday, December 7th in South Carolina. A freight train
struck a vehicle at a railroad crossing, resulting in the death of the
driver of the vehicle. No train passengers were severely injured.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in the year 2016 there
were 2,025 train-vehicle collisions - resulting in 265 fatalities and
789 injuries. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
reports that a train-vehicle collision is about 20 times more likely to
result in the death of a driver compared to a vehicle-vehicle collision.
The amount of train-vehicle collisions has decreased by about 83% since
1972; which can be attributed to railroad closings and an increase in
gated crossings - however, only about 36% of public crossings in the U.S.
have gates. To avoid collisions, it is important that motorists know the
laws regarding railroad crossings. For example, trains have the right-of-way
at crossings, therefore motorists should always asses the situation and
look for signs of an oncoming train before proceeding over a crossing.
Railroad crossings are often accompanied by a crossbuck sign, which is
a sign that reads “railroad crossing” in the shape of an “x”.
Such signs can be found at around 50% of public crossings in the U.S.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train-vehicle collision, the
Saint Louis railroad accident attorneys of Meyerkord & Meyerkord,
LLC can help. Out team of attorneys is experienced with handling such
cases, and can recover financial compensation for your expenses, such
as: doctor visits, physical pain, emotional trauma, medication, and physical
therapy, among others. Our team of attorneys understands the severity
of train-vehicle accidents and can offer you supreme legal advice while
handling your case.
Contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC for a free, no-obligation consultation today.