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Amtrak Train Traveling from Texas Strikes Truck Outside of Chicago

June 23, 2015

Following last month's Amtrak accident in Pennsylvania that resulted in the loss of six innocent lives, Amtrak is undoubtedly trying to piece things together and take measures to ensure similar accidents do not happen again. However, Amtrak was in the news again recently, as a train traveling from San Antonio to Chicago was involved in an accident where the train collided with a semi-truck at a railroad crossing, according to ABC News. Luckily the driver of the semi-truck and all passengers on the Amtrak train were fortunately not injured. Given that this accident is so recent, it is still unclear exactly how the accident occurred, although it is possible that the semi-truck was stalled at a railroad crossing.

Whatever the cause of this accident may be, it is a reminder that such an accident can occur at any given moment. Trains do not have the ability to stop as quickly as motor vehicles. So, even if the train attempted to stop prior to striking the semi-truck, it may not be able to do so prior to colliding with the truck. Regardless, an accident like this can both harm the passengers of the Amtrak train as well as injure or kill any driver or passenger of a vehicle that is in the way of a train.  

The Devastating Injuries Associated with Train Accidents

Train accidents occur in a variety of ways, with many of them resulting from derailments. The Chicago Amtrak accident was not a derailment, but colliding with a vehicle like a semi-truck still has the potential to cause significant injuries. Further, train accidents will never be identical, so while this recent Amtrak accident did not result in any injuries to passengers, the next accident might. Potential catastrophic injuries that both passengers of the train and of any other vehicles involved in the accident include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Concussions and/or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
• Neck injuries;
• Spinal cord injuries;
• Permanent or partial paralysis;
• Amputations; and
• Burns

It is always the hope that no serious injuries will result from any accident involving a train, and especially in situations where a vehicle, like the semi-truck discussed above, is blocking a railroad crossing. Any serious injuries associated with a train accident have the potential to be permanent to the point where an injured individual will never be the same again. When injuries cannot be undone, and you suffered injuries through no fault of your own, you should consider how an attorney can help you determine what exactly happened that led to the accident, as well as what legal options you may have for moving forward.

Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Train accidents have certainly been in the news lately, as they typically do not occur as often as other types of accidents. However, given the recent train accidents that have resulted in significant injuries and death, it is no surprise that people are paying a little closer attention to train activity across the country. If you have suffered injuries, or a loved one has lost his or her life as a result of any type of accident, it is a good idea to consider speaking with a legal professional who can thoroughly evaluate your situation as well as preserve essential evidence. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our goal is to provide our clients with the best representation possible. If you would like to schedule your free consultation to speak with one of our attorneys, contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333).



Category: Personal Injury

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