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Train Derailment Leads to Oil Spill and Evacuation of Thirty People

September 09, 2015

Train accidents come in many shapes and forms, and while some accidents do involve passenger trains, others do not. Some involve some type of cargo, which is sometimes flammable. Many of us remember the horrific train accident that occurred in Canada just two years ago, where forty-seven people lost their lives as a result of the derailment of a train carrying oil.

A recent train derailment in Montana also involved a train that was carrying oil, but fortunately, it did not result in the injury or death of anyone. Approximately 35,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled as a result of the Montana train derailment, forcing the evacuation of thirty people. While the derailment did not result in an explosion, the potential still existed for such a result to occur, which subsequently could have led to the injury and death of many innocent victims.

The Situation Could Have Been Much Worse

What can be tragic about train derailments like this is that some people can simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had an explosion occurred as a result of the train derailment and oil spill, thirty or more lives could have been lost. If there were survivors, they could have suffered serious injuries through no fault of their own. The train derailment in Canada two years ago serves a reminder that anyone is extremely vulnerable when it comes to train derailments, regardless of whether the train is a passenger train, or one that is carrying cargo. The recent Montana accident is an example of how a train derailment can occur at any given time for any given reason at all. It is unknown at this time why the Montana train derailed, but the fact remains that this accident resulted in the best case scenario – no injuries or death.

How an Attorney Can Help You

If the Montana train derailment had resulted in injuries or death, victims and/or their loved ones may have had the opportunity to hold the responsible party accountable, whether it would have been the train engineer/conductor or the train company, in addition to any other parties that may have played a role in the accident. A legal professional such as a personal injury attorney has the necessary knowledge and skill to help injured victims determine if there is a link between a train derailment and the resulting injuries or death suffered. No matter what the particular facts of the accident may be, speaking with an attorney is never a bad idea, as an attorney can answer those questions that linger from day to day following any accident.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 37 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

Train derailments seem to be occurring more and more frequently as train accidents are constantly in the news. Regardless of whether a train derailment involves a passenger train or one carrying oil, there is still a serious risk of harm to anyone on that train. Given that serious injuries or death can result from any train derailment, it is important to at least consider speaking with an attorney about your situation, and do so as soon as possible.

With more than thirty years of professional experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, is a firm that continues to provide dedicated legal representation to individuals from all across Georgia and in the Southeast. With the assistance of our knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorneys, you will have your questions answered and your concerns addressed. We believe it is essential that each potential client receives a thorough case evaluation, no matter what the facts of each situation might be. If you would like to schedule your free consultation to discuss your situation with one of our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Personal Injury

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