08 Mar South Carolina Train Accident Claims Lives of Two Railroad Workers
Since 1827, America’s railroads have been one of the safest and most efficient ways to travel. Even with the invention of the automobile, steam boats, and air travel, trains have remained a popular form of travel throughout the U.S. But when trains wreck, the consequences can be devastating.
On February 4, 2018, an Amtrak train collided with a freight train in Lexington County, South Carolina. An engineer and a conductor lost their lives in the fatal crash. According to CNN, authorities from theNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are already on scene investigating the crash. CNN also reports that 5,000 gallons of fuel were spilled during the crash.
It’s always difficult to put into words the grief and loss that families experience when a loved one dies in an accident. South Carolina personal injury lawyers are often faced with the realities of comforting grieving families and victims of terrible accidents. There is nothing that can undo the pain or sadness caused by these types of events.
That said, the most recent crash is yet another reminder of the need for conscientious and careful commercial operations. This applies to not only railroads, but also trucking companies, shipping companies, or even the everyday driver heading to work. Sadly, train derailments typically claim lives, and in most circumstances, they are avoidable.
NTSB Investigations in 2017
In 2017, NTSB investigatedeight major railroad crashes in the U.S., most of which took lives. Here are just three examples of 2017 train derailments throughout the country:
December 18, 2017 – DuPont, WA
According to official reports from the NTSB, two trains collided, killing 3 and injuring 62. The investigation is still ongoing, but an engineer claimed that he mistook a signal, causing the fatal collision.
September 22, 2017 – Arlington, TX
NTSB reports that a worker was killed during a slow-speed derailment of a box car at a train yard.
August 2, 2017 – Bedford County, TX
Reports say the train derailed carrying thousands of gallons of hazardous materials, including propane, asphalt, and molten sulfur. The crash resulted in the evacuation of thousands of people over a 1-mile radius of the crash site.
Hope for Victims and Their Families
Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific crash, as well as all those who are injured or killed in accidents every year. Obviously, the law can never replace what is lost. But for the families of those who are injured or killed by someone else’s negligence, the law does provide options for helping with unexpected expenses and hardships that often accompany these life-changing events. From high medical bills to the loss of the primary income for a family, victims of negligence are often left with financial ruin and emotional turmoil that lasts for decades.
Small, Local, and Personal Mt. Pleasant Injuries Lawyers
There are many large personal injury firms across the country who handle tens of thousands of cases every year. As a smaller firm, located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, we pride ourselves on focusing on each client individually and getting to know what matters most to our clients. Whether you’ve been in a minor car accident and lost work due to your injuries or you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, we can help.
For questions about how the law protects injured people and their families, contact us today.