Train accidents can unquestionably cause serious injuries and death. Less than thirty minutes south of Oklahoma City, a train accident recently claimed the life of a man following the injuries he sustained in a train accident. Victims of train accidents, and their families, harmed in a train accident due to the negligence of railroad workers may wonder what options are available to help them with the costly process of recovery.
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.
Traveling by train in Oklahoma is still relevant and important. Besides providing affordable passenger transportation, these immense vehicles carry essential commodities to cities and towns throughout the country. As trains pass through Oklahoma towns, train safety is also relevant. Train accidents can cause massive property damage and serious injuries, and even death. A recent accident making headlines across the country demonstrated the devastation a train crash can cause when safety is compromised.
In urban areas outside Oklahoma, trains are routinely used for daily transportation and commuting. Because they carry thousands of passengers every day, the operators of the train are responsible for ensuring the safety of their passengers.
A boom in North American oil production over the last decade has improved the energy situation of the United States but at some cost to transportation safety. Several deadly train accidents in Quebec, Oklahoma, Alabama, New Brunswick and North Dakota, among other places, led to a recent safety agreement between railroads and the U.S. Department of Transportation. In most of the train accidents, rail cars were carrying crude oil shipments that had catastrophic and explosive results from derailments and ruptured tanks.