Posted on January 17th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
A train collided with a car in St. Louis Saturday night, closing the tracks west of Downtown St. Louis. Five people were injured in the train crash. Two people in the car were injured and three people on the train were injured. According to officials and The Belleville News Democrat, the driver of the vehicle apparently became lost after crossing the tracks, turned around in a rail yard and crossed over the tracks again, in front of the path of the train.
Police indicated that in the initial stages of their investigation that the crossing arms were working correctly. Victims of train crashes are frequently very serious and often injuries are often fatal due to the speed and sheer velocity of the heavy moving train. Accidents frequently occur at rail crossing as this is the area where cars most often intersect with trains.
While federal and state safety organizations such as the Federal Railway Association work on making rail traffic safer. Individual vehicle drivers must be vigilant in safety when driving. Looking both directions twice before crossing railroad track is prudent and looking for flashing lights and lowered gates. As well, turning down any stereos or music devices in order to hear the bells and warning signals can also assist a motorist from crossing when a train is on the track. On rare occasions, the cross bars or flashing lights will not work properly, therefore, it is always important to slow down when coming to a railroad crossing, stop and look both ways as if at an intersection.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a train crash, then it is important to call a personal injury attorney right away. Medical bills and lost wages can add up quickly and a victim’s financial security can quickly be jepardized. Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has expert experience in representing victims of train crashes. As well, Zane Cagle has represented many employees of railroad companies that were hurt while on the job. The Federal Employers Liability Act is essentially an act that covers workers of rail and water when they are injured on the job.
A traditional Workers’ Compensation plan does not include rail and water workers therefore, FELA was created to assist those workers. If you are a rail or water worker that has been injured on the job, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney that is an expert in the area of railroad or water way law.
Zane T. Cagle has represented many victims of train and water way accidents as well workers that have been injured while on the job. To determine if you have personal injury, wrongful death, or FELA claim, call 1 (314) 276-1681 for a free consultation.