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Amtrak Train Slices Car in Half at Jacksonville Intersection, Leaving Only Minor Injuries

July 07, 2015

Although most Amtrak trains are safe and do not often result in accidents, Amtrak trains have been closely monitored in the news lately, as such crashes have been occurring. One such collision occurred recently, when an Amtrak train traveling through Jacksonville struck a car at an intersection, essentially slicing the vehicle in half, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The result of this accident may be seen as a miracle, because thankfully nobody suffered serious injuries or was killed. One passenger was thrown from the vehicle, while another suffered minor injuries. Half of the car was on one side of the Amtrak train, and the other half on the opposite side. The odds of any passenger surviving this accident may have seemed very low, but somehow these individuals were luckily able to make it out alive.

What if the Accident Had Been Worse?

While the individuals involved in the Jacksonville Amtrak accident were fortunately not seriously injured or killed, the potential for devastating injuries is quite great given the significant impact any train has when colliding with a vehicle in its path. The physical injuries associated with a train accident can be more debilitating than other car accidents, requiring continuous rehabilitative care that could cost millions of dollars in medical expenses over a lifetime. In addition to the physical and financial burden associated with such injuries, victims must deal with the mental pain and anguish that can be experienced day after day.

How Do I Know if Someone Else is Responsible for My Injuries?

No accident is easy to investigate because there are many variables to look at when determining who is at fault.  Train accidents occur for a variety of reasons that include, but are not limited to, train operator error, faulty train equipment, or inability of the train to slow down if a vehicle or other object is in its path. Injuries resulting from a train accident can be experienced by a driver of another vehicle and any accompanying passengers, as well as individuals on the train itself. Answering the question of "who is responsible," is a lot easier to ask than it is to answer.

Given that there are so many factors to consider, speaking with an attorney about an accident you have been involved in is a good way to assess whether your injuries are directly related to the accident, and to what extent someone else may be responsible for causing the accident. An attorney acts as both a guide and an advocate for his or her clients, so speaking with a qualified attorney will help you understand your situation, and whether or not you are entitled to recover for your suffering.

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Category: Personal Injury

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