Railroad accidents throughout the country are on the rise – and Alabama has one of the highest railroad fatality rates in the nation. Our accident lawyers in Birmingham note just last year there were 85 vehicle collisions and 19 pedestrians deaths involving trains. Alabama ranked in the top 15 for overall railroad fatalities, according to records from the Federal Railroad Administration. In fact, Alabama media outlets in January reported numerous train accidents throughout the state in a single week. On railroad tracks on Alabaster Road in Jefferson County, a man fell asleep and was struck and killed by a freight train. That incident followed a crash in which four people in a van died in Chilton County after they tried to cross a set of tracks near Thorsby. Four others inside were seriously injured. There had been no traffic barriers at the crossing. In Tuscaloosa, three deaths were reported in January due to train and car crashes. Two other incidents were reported in Bessemer, though there were thankfully no fatalities.Read More
We tend to think of railroads as a travel method of a bygone era. In reality, not only are Alabama railroad crossing injuries and deaths an ongoing risk, they are a rising one. According to new data from the Federal Railroad Administration, the number of pedestrians fatally struck by trains nationwide spiked by more than 25 percent in the first five months of this year. The figures indicate that while there were 158 railroad pedestrian deaths from January through May of 2012, there were 199 during the same time frame this year.Read More
Lewis Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Wagarville will be hosting the funeral service of the Leroy High School senior that was killed in the Alabama train accident this past weekend. The 19-year-old student died at roughly 5:00 p.m. last Saturday when she was crossing the train tracks on Sunflower Road, about three miles southwest of Wagarville, according to Alabama Live. The accident is still being investigated. Our Alabama personal injury attorneys would like to urge all residents to practice caution when traveling through or around our railroad tracks. Alabama is one of the nation’s 10 deadliest states for fatal railroad accidents, according to Operation Lifesaver. Somewhere in America, someone is struck by a train every three hours.Read More
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