January 27, 2015

Train Derailments

Railways transport approximately 1 million barrels of crude oil each day in the U.S.. This number is expected to increase to 4.5 million barrels a day in the next ten years. Since 2008, there have been 10 derailments that have spilled at least 3 million gallons of crude oil and resulted in fires and explosions. As the traffic increases, so does the risk for spills.

Many of the trains come out of Montana and North Dakota from the Brakken Oil Patch. This oil has a lower ignition point due to its higher natural gas content. The oil needs to be transported from Brakken over 2000 miles to refineries on the East Coast. The highly volatile trains often pass through major metropolitan centers like Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

After 2001, regulations were put in place for radioactive materials, explosives and poisonous gases. Crude oil was not on the list of regulated materials. Federal safety officials feel the rules should be revised to include flammable liquids as well. In addition, the government indicates that routing the trains through smaller, more rural areas would not solve the problem. These smaller municipalities may not be equipped to handle the kinds of explosions that can result from a train derailment. A derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec set off an explosion that killed 47 people and destroyed half of the town’s structures.

Railroads have broad discretion as to routing decisions.  It would be prudent and in all of our best interests that these routing decisions be reviewed regularly.

When a train carrying oil derails, oil spills frequently result. These spills can result in long-term environmental damage. The property surrounding oil spills may be affected for years.

When personal injury, death, property damage and environmental issues are caused by a train derailment, the railroad may be held responsible for damages caused that result. You need an experienced train accident attorney to take immediate action to protect your rights.

If you have been affected by a train derailment, you probably have a lot of questions about your legal rights. You deserve honest answers from an experienced train accident lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation. Let us answer all of your questions and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Union Pacific train had signal to stop before Missouri crash

June 10, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is continuing its investigation into the May 25, 2013 collision between a Union Pacific train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train in Chaffee, Missouri (MO). The crash caused several rail cars to derail and careen into the supports of highway overpass that subsequently collapsed. The preliminary NTSB […]

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Missouri railroad crash causes train derailment and collapsed bridge

May 28, 2013
MO Train Crash Lawyer

In Missouri, a Union Pacific (UP) train collided with a Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) train at about 2:30 A.M. Saturday over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The crash caused several cars to derail and careen into the support pillars of the Highway M overpass in Scott County, MO. No one was seriously injured in […]

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Dozens injured in California truck-train crossing accident

October 20, 2012
California Amtrak Train Accident

About 39 passengers were injured earlier this month when a semi tractor-trailer truck collided with an Amtrak train near Hanford, California. The truck, carrying cotton trash, failed to yield and was struck by the passenger train around noon Monday, October 1, 2012. Of the 169 passengers aboard the train, 19 had minor injuries and 11 […]

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Chicago Metra train derailment lawsuit settled for $1.8 million

October 2, 2012
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A Chicago woman and the railroad Metra have settled her personal injury lawsuit against the rail line for $1.8 million. Kathryn Kuk, age 54, was riding on a commuter train in Chicago’s South Side when it derailed on October 12, 2003. Her multiple injuries from the crash have necessitated two lower-back surgeries, according to her […]

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Amtrak trains crash and derail at California station, 18 injured

October 18, 2011
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An Amtrak train crashed into another at the Jack London Amtrak station in Oakland, CA on October 12. Both locomotive engines derailed and eighteen people were injured in the crash. The accident occurred when the San Joaquin train from Bakersfield to Oakland ran a red light at the station and hit the stationary Coast Starlight […]

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Truck-train crash lawsuit gets $1.75M verdict : Railroad Lawyer News

May 5, 2011
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Grady County, OK – An Oklahoma jury awarded a railroad conductor $1.75 million in damages for serious personal injuries suffered in a train derailment accident.  The lawsuit was filed in Grady County, OK shortly after the 2009 railroad crossing accident.  The jury trial of the truck-train crash lawsuit lasted a week before the jury returned […]

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3 Louisiana train crashes within 24 hours kill 2, injure 7

April 24, 2011
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Louisiana – Three separate train crashes within 24 hours left 2 people dead and seven inured in Louisiana on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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Ohio train derailment explosion and fire force home evacuations

February 7, 2011
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Toledo, OH — An Ohio train derailment accident caused fires that forced the evacuation of 20 homes. Families are urged to contact a railroad accident attorney.

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