When a fatal accident happens in Washington, the outcome can always be devastating for the people who knew the victim, but it can be equally as startling and saddening to people who witness the accident. In many cases, people who may witness a fatal accident occur are left with vivid images in their head of what happened and some are unable to overcome their anxiety without a professional's help.
If you live in an area of Washington with a lot of train traffic, then understanding how to properly interact with them is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers. Too often people make mistakes when it comes to train crossings that cost them their lives. Nobody wants that to happen to you. One of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to understand the concept of train speeds.
When you need to drive around railroad crossings on a frequent basis, it is important that you use extra caution and vigilance to avoid colliding with a train. At Dean, Standish, Perkins & Associates, we have helped many victims of train accidents in Washington as they work through the often-complicated outcome of being involved in such a serious collision.
When we think about accidents that occur on roadways, it is common to think about two cars colliding. However, train accidents occur more common often than you may realize. In 2017, there were over 2,000 railroad-crossing collisions.
Car accidents may be more common than train accidents, but both can lead to devastating loss. The force of a train accident is frequently fatal. Trains use extremely powerful engines to move heavy freight, which means that they are also difficult to stop in an emergency.
We often think of the roads as the most dangerous part of a city. Drunk or distracted drivers, speeding, vehicle malfunctions and genuine accidents can all put the lives of drivers and passengers in jeopardy.
Earlier this month, a new, high-speed Amtrak train was derailed while making its maiden voyage from Seattle to Portland. The train swerved off of the elevated tracks about 50 miles south of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 during rush hour. Three people were killed and many more injured.