Some of our readers may have heard that a train accident in the Oklahoma City area recently killed a pedestrian. The freight train struck the pedestrian victim, who died as a result of the injuries suffered in the train accident. Several streets were closed and the train remained on the tracks without moving for a couple of hours while crews processed the train accident scene. Following the accident, the cause was being investigated by authorities.
Freight train accidents have the power to take a life and can have an unquestionably significant impact on victims and their families. Train accident victims may suffer catastrophic injuries and family members of train accident victims may suffer catastrophic losses associated with a train accident. Because of the serious nature of train accidents, legal protections are available to train accident victims and surviving family members of a loved one who is killed in a train accident.
A wrongful death claim for damages may be available on behalf of surviving family members who have unexpectedly suffered the loss of a family member in a train accident. Damages that may be available depend on the unique circumstances of each situation and each loss, but may include: medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services damages; lost prospect of inheritance; and pain and suffering damages. Each loss of a loved one presents a unique blow to family members, which is why compensation for damages associated with a wrongful death claim are based on circumstances and characteristics of the victim.
Family members who have lost a loved one in a train accident should be familiar with the legal resources available to them to help during a difficult time. Family members likely face unexpected emotional and financial damages associated with the loss of a loved in a train accident, which is why they should be familiar with the different types of help available to them.
Source: Kfor.com, "Pedestrian killed after being struck by train in Norman," Dallas Franklin, Sept. 12, 2016