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A look at Oklahoma train accident statistics


Train accidents can cause horrific injuries and harm. There were a total of 38 train-involved crashes in Oklahoma in 2013. Several occurred in the counties that are part of Oklahoma City. There were multiple fatalities associated with train accidents in Oklahoma in 2013 and a number of different types of injuries suffered as a result of train accidents in Oklahoma ranging from capacitating injuries to non-capacitating injuries. The number of fatalities and injuries resulting from train accidents in Oklahoma has varied from 10 to 38 from 2001 to 2013.

There was a total of 50 train accident victims involved in train accidents in Oklahoma in 2013. Victims included both drivers and passengers in motor vehicles. During 2013, it was reported that between 5 to 7 victims were killed in train accidents in Oklahoma. The number of victims in train accidents in Oklahoma from 2001 to 2013 ranged from 1 to 17 fatalities. Each train accident injury or fatality has a significant impact on the victim and a potentially devastating impact on the victim's family.

Because of the serious nature of train accidents, train accident victims and their families are protected through the personal injury legal process. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. Examples can include medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages. In circumstances of a fatal train accident, family members of victims may be able to recover a variety of damages including medical and funeral expenses as well as loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages, among other types of damages.

Each personal injury accident is unique, however, the legal process is designed to protect all personal injury victims and offers different options to that end. To ensure that train accident victims are protected, it is important that they are familiar with the protections available to them when wrongfully harmed in a train accident.

Source: Ok.gov, "Train Involved Crashes," Accessed Nov. 30, 2015

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