Though it may be difficult to think about, fatal accidents are common events. These situations can arise from numerous different scenarios that range from non-motor vehicle incidents to single-car accidents to accidents involving trains. A train accident can be a complicated matter as various factors could have contributed to such an event. However, if the incident results in a fatality, understanding the situation is of the utmost importance.
A young man in Illinois was recently killed in an accident involving a vehicle and a train. It was reported that the 20-year-old man was driving a vehicle when he apparently attempted to go over a railroad crossing. The vehicle was struck by an oncoming train. It was not noted in the report whether there were crossing signals at the intersection.
The driver of the car suffered multiple injuries and regrettably succumbed to those injuries. He was declared dead on the site of the incident just after 9 p.m. The incident is currently being investigated, and additional details on the event were not available at the time of the report. It was noted that toxicology tests were being processed.
Though a train accident may not be as common as other types of accidents, such an incident can still have devastating results. The investigation into this Illinois incident should determine what circumstances led to the fatal event. If it is concluded that a malfunctioning crossing signal or other similar factor may have contributed to the incident, the family of the victim may have cause to file a wrongful death claim to pursue restitution for damages.
Source: wandtv.com, “1 dead after train collides with vehicle“, Feb. 9, 2015