Previous postings in this blog have discussed the tragedy that can ensue following a car accident involving two vehicles that vary greatly in size and power. For example, an accident between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle or a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler can have a tragic outcome. When the accident involves a train and a motor vehicle, the chance of severe harm may increase exponentially.
A railroad crossing accident that recently occurred in Ohio has left two individuals severely injured. According to reports, the accident occurred on a Monday evening. The driver of a vehicle attempted to cross a set of railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train. Unfortunately, the front of his car struck the train's engine. The driver and his passenger became trapped in the vehicle. Rescuers responded to the scene, removed them from the vehicle and they were transported to a nearby hospital. The two are currently in stable condition.
Although at first glance it may seem that this accident was the fault of the man behind the wheel of the passenger vehicle, every accident deserves a full investigation and not all of the details of this accident are known at this point. If someone is injured in a car accident and it is determined that it was due to the negligence of another party, that injured individual may be able to receive compensation for the costs of his or her medical treatment and other expenses that arose as a result of the accident. A car crash victim's life can be significantly altered for the worse due to serious or continuing injuries. It is therefore reasonable to seek the the financial assistance to which they are entitled in the event that an accident was caused by negligence.
Source: WFMJ, "Cops: Car struck trying to beat Ohio train, 2 hurt," Feb. 18, 2013