A train accident in an Oklahoma community recently killed 4 people and injured one other, all passengers in a car. The female driver of the car was travelling east with her passengers during the early afternoon hours when a train travelling northbound crashed into the passenger vehicle they were riding in. The woman driving the car and three children were killed in the train accident. A fourth child was also injured in the train accident and was air lifted to the hospital.
Reports following the train accident noted that the train did not derail and the conductor and engineer were not injured. In addition, there were no cross bars at the rail crossing.
Train accidents can create catastrophic injuries and significant physical, financial and emotional damages for victims and their families. Train accidents also, unfortunately, result in fatalities which can unexpectedly disrupt and devastate the lives of surviving family members of victims.
Because of the serious impact a railroad accident can have on the lives of victims and their families, the legal process provides resources and remedies to help victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered in a train accident. Victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, such as ambulance, doctor and hospital costs, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Additional damages such as funeral expenses, loss of support and services and others, depending on the circumstances, may be available to family members of a lost loved one.
It is important for victims of train accidents, and their family members, to be familiar with personal injury and wrongful death legal options available to help them with the challenges they face following a train accident. Train accidents can cause a variety of problems for people, which is why it is important victims and their families are familiar with the resources and remedies available to them.
Source: CBS News, "4 killed when train hits car in eastern Oklahoma," Aug. 7, 2016