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Man Injured in Train Accident

Man Injured in Train Accident

A 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 & Kurth 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 & Kurth for a free, no-obligation consultation today.


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