For many Connecticut residents, watching a train chug along the tracks gives a certain feeling of nostalgia. A nod to an era long past, trains remind many of a time when our nation relied on them to transport people and goods from coast to coast. Some may assume that trains and their tracks are no longer in frequent use, and the tracks are safe to explore. This is not the case, and trains are making a comeback as an efficient method of transport. Like their predecessors in the past, modern locomotives still carry the risk of a serious train accident.
Today, commuter trains are being utilized as a convenient way for people to travel to and from work. People who use trains enjoy the time they do not have to spend driving on crowded streets, and can spend their time on board working on a laptop, catching up with friends, or merely watching the scenery roll by out the window. Trains are viewed as relatively safe, because they travel up and down a track, and while this is the case, many lack the ability to stop quickly if there is an obstacle in the track.
Recently, a person was struck by a train in Connecticut. When a person is hit by a train, the injuries suffered are usually life-threatening. The human body is no match for the size and speed of a train. The circumstances surrounding the train accident are still unclear, and details have not been released as to the victim’s condition or how the accident victim came to be on the track.
When a person is the victim of a train accident, the weeks following the tragedy may seem overwhelming. Medical bills, insurance matters and accident investigations may take a further toll on victims that are already suffering. In these situations, it can be of great help to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help train accident victims, or the surviving families of deceased victims, address the legal aspects of such an incident, including insurance claims and possibly personal injury or wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed responsible.