As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I know how serious collisions on the train tracks can be for pedestrians. Amtrak accidents are far less common than car crashes but still just as devastating and often result in severe to fatal injuries. According to KIRO TV News, a man was killed on Sunday while trying to cross Amtrak tracks near Castle Rock, Washington. The train was traveling from Portland to Seattle when the accident occurred. Officials claim that the man was crossing the tracks at a non-rail crossing around 6:40p.m. when he was fatally struck by the passenger train. The tracks were closed and trains were delayed until 9p.m. while the scene was investigated and cleared. This was the first train fatality on the tracks of Washington so far this year.
Even though this Amtrak accident occurred in southwest Washington, the tracks that run through Seattle are also highly dangerous for pedestrian crossing. Trains are fast moving and relatively quiet, making it difficult to assess crossing safety. Train crosswalks should be utilized at all times in order to avoid unnecessary personal injuries.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a dangerous train accident, then contact an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer to further discuss your options. Crossing train tracks outside designated crosswalks is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Paying attention and following safety guidelines could help avoid serious and even fatal injuries. If you have been injured in an accident, you may need legal representation to ensure that it does not become a financial burden to you or your family. For more information and a free consultation, call me at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.