Like everywhere else in the country, trains are used in Oklahoma to transport passengers, raw materials, finished goods and other items to destinations in the state and beyond. Although relatively rare, train accidents do happen and can be catastrophic. When a train derails, for example, passengers can be injured or killed. If a train is carrying hazardous chemicals, a spill or fire following an accident can cause serious health problems for people living nearby.
Train accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Our firm has become familiar with understanding the technical issues involved in many such crashes. For example, a train can derail if railroad engineers fail to apply brakes in time, if switches are not property set or track or weather conditions are not properly assessed. A railroad operator's failure to inspect tracks on a routine maintenance schedule can also lead to trouble. Even a well-maintained train can derail if it passes over poorly maintained track. Train accidents also occur when operators are either not trained properly or fail to adhere to standard safety protocols. These forms of negligence, if proven, could lead to compensation for accident victims.
Anyone who has suffered serious personal injuries in a train accident could seek to hold the responsible parties accountable by filing a legal claim. A victim can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Punitive damages can also be awarded if a court believes the responsible parties should be punished for their failure to act responsibly.
Navigating the justice system can be difficult. Anyone who wants to learn how the right approach can change the outcome of a train accident case may want to visit our website. Knowing the procedures in filing a claim is the first step toward obtaining compensation.