Across the country, more than 1,000 people are injured and more than 300 killed every year in accidents at railroad crossings, according to the United States Department of Transportation. While the typical image of a train accident might look like a rural setting involving a set of tracks and an errant car, the reality of these incidents is far different. Collisions happen in urban, suburban, and rural settings and may involve one train, multiple trains, or even a combination of a train and another type of vehicle, like a car, truck, or bus.
Tragedy occurs when these accidents involve injuries or death and this harm may never be fixed. While the damage done by a train accident in areas like Phoenix cannot be undone, the victims of those incidents may be able to obtain financial compensation that would enable them to move forward from a crash and beyond the incident that affected them. From medical expenses to pain and suffering, the totality of the harm caused by a train crash can be extreme and can leave a victim in need of help. If you have been hurt, you may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn about your options and rights under Arizona law, including whether you have a valid claim for your injuries.
Officials in Phoenix have confirmed that a collision occurred between a light rail train and a car yesterday afternoon near the intersection of 15th Avenue and Camelback Road. Few details are known at this point and it is not yet clear why the two vehicles were in the same location at the same time.
Reports indicate that the driver of the car may have been injured but that any injuries appeared minor. It is not clear whether anyone else, including anyone on board the train, was hurt in the crash.
Any type of train can be involved in an accident and when a collision happens with a car, those in the car face a very serious risk of being injured in the crash. If your life has been affected by an accident in Phoenix or if your loved one was hurt or killed, make sure your questions are answered and your rights protected by calling the law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C. today.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., all of our lawyers represent injury victims and we never represent insurance companies because we believe that the innocent are the ones who deserve help. We offer a case consultation without cost and without obligation to all those who have been hurt and who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. Because we understand that accidents happen at all times of the day and night, we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you.
When tragedy strikes, call Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Single Car Accident in Glendale Injures Driver, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 23, 2015.
Car and light rail collide in Phoenix, by Tami Hoey, CBS5AZ.com, published July 23, 2015.