Articles Posted in Train Accident & Injuries

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By J. Rock Palermo, Attorney, Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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railroad%20tracks.jpgRailroad crossings can be quite dangerous especially ones without lights and gates to warn or alert motorist of the approach of a train. There are thousands upon thousands of railroad crossing areas that are not properly equipped with gates and lights. Without such safety precautions and due warning to drivers, deaths and personal injuries related to train / automobile accidents continue to take place in Louisiana and other States. Train industry experts opine that railroad lights and gates are at least 90 percent effective in preventing railroad / train accidents with automobiles. Often times, railroad companies do not take any action until they are required to or until they get some kind of federal or public assistance to fund these basic and necessary railroad safety precautions.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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In Europe and the United States, train stations can be dangerous areas for children as well as adults. Care must be taken to keep a safe distance from the train tracks and the train platform to avoid serious personal injuries that can happen as a result of a fast moving train. It is well known that a train is much different than an automobile. In other words, trains take time and distance to stop and if a person falls from a platform – there is not enough time or distance to immediately shut down the train and stop it from moving any further. This tragic train incident happened in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The terrible death of Megan Moore – Age 16 – happened right in front of the eyes of several passengers who were unable to prevent this death. They could only watch in horror as a young teenager’s life ended. The news report mention that the girl was wearing high heels. It is uncertain what role if any the heels made in causing or contributing to the fall to the train track platform. You can read more about this story at British Student Megan Moore – Age 16 – Falls to Her Death at Train Station.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Country%20Map%20Australia.jpgIn Australia, an amazing video captured a near tragic incident involving a train and a baby in a baby stroller / carrier. Video footage from the station’s security camera captured this incident. It is truly incredible that the baby only suffered minor injuries. The baby, who was only 6 months old, somehow avoided serious personal injuries. Any parent watching this video should take notice and make sure that children are safe and away from the dangers of moving trains, buses, and cars when children are in public. This incident resulted when the mother took her hand off the stroller for just a moment or so. It shows how incidents can take place in just a few seconds. You can read more about this incident and see the video footage at

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By John Jensen, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In North Carolina and other states, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be fun and exciting for both adults and children. Unfortunately, many children in North Carolina and other states have suffered personal injuries and death while riding on (whether as an operator or passenger) an ATV. CSX Transportation is a train / railroad company based in Jacksonville, Florida is requesting that owners and operators of ATVs keep them off of railroad tracks this summer and at all other times of year. A combination of an ATV near train tracks and trains of any size can be quite dangerous. Tracks should not be used as tools to jump over. Operators of ATVs should also refrain from weaving across railroad tracks or chasing trains. You can read more about this story at Dangers of ATVs and Trains / Railroad Tracks.

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By Ryan E.Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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transportration%20trolley%20back%20and%20white.jpgIn Massachusetts and other states, operators of public transportation vehicles like buses and trolleys are using their cell phone and mobile phones on the job. What’s wrong with this? Everything is wrong with this if the use of the cell phones / mobile phones distract the drivers and cause serious accidents involving personal injuries and, in some instances, death. Text messaging and e mailing from cell phones / mobile phones are especially dangerous acts. The driver / operator’s eyes are on the cell phone / mobile phone screen rather on the road and traffic. This in turn, puts the people in danger including the trolley passengers, pedestrians, other motorists, and bicyclists.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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railroad%20tracks.jpgThe Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by federal law (49 United States Code 103, Section 3) in 1966. The purposes of the Federal Railroad Administration include the enforcement of safety rail regulations and the development of policies to improve national rail safety. Children are often times the unfortunate victims of railroad accidents and incidents through the United States. A child who is seriously injured or dies in a railroad accident often time does not have a strong voice to lay out the facts or evidence as to the cause or reason for the accident / incident. Child injury lawyers who handle railroad cases have the knowledge and experience to collect the evidence from the Federal Railroad Administration and other sources to determine the “real” reason for a railroad tragedy or accident. Like any other business, railroad companies do not always step right up and admit a malfunction, negligent maintenance, or employee error when a child or adult for that matter is seriously injured as a result of a railroad accident. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is an important government entity that helps collect evidence and data when there is a railroad accident / incident. Furthermore, the reporting requirements and other rules set forth by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) help to keep railroads in line to help limit or deter future tragedies from occurring. You can read more about the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) at the Official Web Site for the Federal Railroad Administration.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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959261_railroad_tracks.jpgThe State of Oklahoma recorded 832 train related personal injuries during the years from 2000 to 20007. Tulsa County, Oklahoma led all Oklahoma counties with 14 personal injuries per year. Most injuries (including those to children) are minor which include bruises and sprains. However, some injuries were devastating and even resulted in deaths of adults and children. Some injuries involved crushing type of injuries and there were 17 reported amputation type of injuries. Almost 150 railroad related deaths occurred in Oklahoma alone during this time period.