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After a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cites a train engineer’s poor eyesight as a contribution factor in the Oklahoma freight train accident that killed the engineer and two others in a railroad accident that caused nearly $15M in damage.

The investigation into the accident found that the engineer had suffered from poor vision for almost his entire life and that he had difficult distinguishing between read and green railroad signals.

Dr. Mary Pat McKay testified at the NTSB hearing that the unidentified engineer’s eyesight fluctuated from day-to-day and that the a medical examination in 2010 failed to perform a standard color vision test. Dr. McKay also told the NTSB that the engineer had made 50 visits to an eye doctor in the three years prior to the train accident as he suffered from both cataracts and glaucoma.

The NTSB chairman, Deborah Hersman, said that the rail companies are responsible for ensuring that employees are fit for the duties of their roles as a matter of public safety. Union Pacific, however, denied that the engineer’s vision problems contributed to the train accident.

Negligence in Employment or Negligent Entrustment
It appears that Union Pacific may have been negligent in employing the engineer or failing to properly screen him for health problems. An employer may be held liable for the tortious acts of an employee if they were negligent in allowing an employee to engage in a particular act, in this case engineering a freight train.

The families of those killed in the accident may also have a valid claim against Union Pacific for “negligent entrustment” for negligently providing the engineer with a dangerous instrumentality which caused death to their loved ones.
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A pickup truck was struck by an Amtrak train that was traveling at speeds of up to 80mph today around 2pm today in Tenino approximately 15 miles southeast of Olympia.

The force of the collision caused the pickup truck to roll onto its side.

Reports said the driver of the Ford F-150 was either stopped on the tracks or was turning around at the time of the collision.

The four people inside the pickup truck were extricated by emergency personnel who took them to the hospital. Their injuries appear not to be life-threatening.

Washington Train Accidents

Train and vehicle accidents do not occur very often but they can be deadly. In 2011, there were approximately 640 fatal train collisions in the United States and 21 of those happened in Washington state.

It is important for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists alike to use extreme caution around railroad tracks.
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If you’ve ever been in an accident and tried to collect an accident settlement from an attorney, then you know just how complicated, stressful and frustrating the process is. What should be a matter of asking and receiving the correct amount of money for your accident settlements is actually much more complicated than that and not nearly as straightforward as you may think.

The truth is, if you know what you are doing, you should be able to negotiate the right accident settlement without even hiring an attorney.

You may be wondering why that would be a good option. In fact, it often seems as though you would want a lawyer on your side during such a complicated process. There are a couple reasons hiring an attorney is not necessarily the best idea.

For one thing, you have to consider the cost. It may not be a financially sound decision to hire an attorney if your expected settlement is not that much. Remember you will always get less if you hire an attorney. Not to say they aren’t worth the money in some cases, but if you don’t get enough, you could end up spending money instead of receiving when it’s all said and done. A lawyer may be able to get you a higher accident settlement amount, but after they take their fee off the top, you end up with less than the lower amount you would have gotten on your own.

The other reason is that many personal injury cases are not as difficult as they may initially appear; in fact it’s often a straightforward process. If it’s a clear cut case of the defendant being at fault, getting an accident settlement amount that is fair should not be much of a problem.

When should you hire an attorney when dealing with accident settlements? If you aren’t absolutely sure the other party is fully to blame, and possibly if the dollar amount is large (more than several thousand dollars). In these cases, an attorney can make a difference. You can always hire an attorney if you think it’s necessary during any part of the process so if you start to feel like you’re unsure of what you’re doing, contact a lawyer.

Accident settlements don’t have to be complicated, and you have plenty of options to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another.

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If you have some kind of accident, such as a car accident, workplace accident, or even if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may suddenly find yourself trying to learn all you can about personal injury law.

Personal injury law covers personal accidents and damages that can be awarded when claims are made.

While you can file a personal injury claim for any type of accident, there are some things you should understand about personal injury law and how you can win your case.

For starters, accidents do happen, but sometimes they are just that-accidents, meaning no one is to blame. In these cases you probably won’t get far in the way of a personal injury claim.

If you file a claim and expect to be compensated for damages, you need to be able to clearly demonstrate that the party you are filing the claim against could have prevented the accident. For example, if you are walking down the street and fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house because you simply weren’t paying attention to where you were going, you are probably going to have a hard time getting a settlement from the homeowner. If, however you fall because the homeowner failed to remove a branch, or ice, or something else from the sidewalk and you fall, that homeowner may be responsible for your accident and may have to pay your medical bills or any other costs associated with the accident.

While this may seem like simple logic, personal injury law is a complex, and sometimes controversial topic. Many politicians feel that the amount of damages one can receive in a personal injury claim should be capped to a certain amount. Different accidents require different things however. Maybe you not only have medical bills from an accident, but you also can’t return to work due to a hospital stay. You lose money by not working, should the responsible party not be held liable for these damages as well?

Personal injury law is hard to navigate, and for that reason, if you feel like you need to file a personal injury claim, you should immediately contact a lawyer for advice. The lawyer can tell you what they think your chances are of a settlement and what the next step should be. You should get compensated if you have an accident that is not your fault, and a lawyer can help make that happen.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents and slip trip and fall accidents.

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The World Health Organization estimates that motor vehicle accidents will kill 1.9 million peope a year between now and 2010. Starting May 11, 2011, the WHO — with the participation of dozens of countries — have kicked off a global road safety campaign called “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010” and their goal is to save millions of lives.

Motor vehicle accidents affect all nations and is the leading killer of the world’s young, ages 15-29. With 1.3 million people killed annually in motor vehicle accidents, car accidents are the ninth leading cause of fatalities globally.

In addition to those killed in motor vehicle accidents, 20-50 million people are injured every year, many seriously.

The Global Plan to reduce motor vehicle fatalities includes:

  • Improving road safety
  • Improving vehicle safety
  • Improving emergency services
  • Building up road safety management.

The plan also seeks legislation and enforcement of safety precautions including helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists; mandatory seat belt use; mandatory child safety restraints; reduction in drinking and driving; reduction of speeding.

The Global Plan seeks to save 5 million lives every year and prevent 50 millision serious injuries in the ensuing decade.

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World unites to halt death and injury on roads
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 set to save millions of lives
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages which includes medical care, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

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Three workers were killed and a fourth suffered critical injuries when the shuttle van they were riding in was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train on Wednesday afternoon at a Kelso train crossing.

Killed in the accident were two BNSF employees, Chris Loehr, 28, and Tom Kenny, 58. The shuttle van driver, Steven Sebastian, 60, who worked for Coach America, was also killed in the train accident.

The injured man is Dwight Hauck, 52, who is described as a veteran conductor. The Columbian reports that he is in critical condition at Oregon Health Science University.

The train accident occurred around 4:30pm. The van was ferrying the men to a motel after their shift and was hit as it crossed a set of tracks. The crossing where the van was hit was a private one and was marked with an X-shaped warning sign but there were no barrier crossings.

The Federal Railroad Administration reported that that there were 1,650 accidents/incidents on BNSF tracks in 2010 resulting in 134 fatalities and 1,014 injuries. 80 fatalities involved railroad crossing accidents.

BNSF officials are investigating this tragic accident. In the course of their investigation they will determine whether the crossing had an inadequate warning sign or if other factors contributed to the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident or a railroad cross accident then contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 to obtain a free consultation from a train accident attorney on your case.

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The Washington Department of Health has designed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington a Level III Trauma Center.

Level III Trauma centers can perform 24-hour emergency surgery and resuscitation. Previously, Evergreen Hospital was designated a level IV trauma center.

Evergreen was ranked #2 in Washington state and Top 10% in the nation for General Surgery by HealthGrades.

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in Seattle provides Level I trauma services in the region for patients requiring neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery or a maxillofacial surgeon.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and slip, trip & fall accidents.

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There were two fatal train accidents today in Western Washington today, the first train accident fatalities of the new year. In 2010, there were 19 train-pedestrian fatalities in Washington state with most occurring between Tacoma and Bellingham.

A Marysville man was hit and killed by a BNSF freight train around 12:10am this morning near Marysville. The Seattle Times report said the man was walking on the tracks when he was struck by a train traveling under 40 mph.

Only 30 minutes after the first fatal train accident, a man was killed near the Sumner Meadows Golf Course while he was walking on the track. The train in that accident was traveling at about 35mph said the report. Sumner is located east of Tacoma near Puyallup and Bonney Lake.

In both pedestrian accidents, the men were on the tracks at points where there was not a crossing. Pedestrian accidents on train tracks are devastating to the railroad workers and to the families of the deceased.

Let’s be safe folks: pedestrians should never walk on the tracks and only cross them at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, observing all warning signs and signals.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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Kirotv.com of Seattle reports that a man was killed when he was hit by an Amtrak train in Sumner, Washington.

According to the report, the Sumner train accident occurred Zehnder Street at 6pm in downtown Sumner.

The unidentified train accident victim is described as a 40-year-old man.

Sumner is located east of Tacoma near Puyallup and Bonney Lake.

There have been 16 people killed on BNSF train tracks in Washington so far this year.

Pedestrian accidents
on train tracks are devastating to the railroad workers and to the families of the deceased.

This type of pedestrian accident can occur when a person only thinks about one train crossing at a time. Accidents like this occur when the first train has passed and a second train comes by on a parallel track.

A week ago, a 17-year-old Minday Doster was killed while walking near a BNSF Railway line. In that train accident, Doster was not on the track but she was struck by an overhanging part. Trains can overhang their tracks by at least three feet and items like hooks and other components can hang off the sides and hit a person.

To be safe, people should not walk near train tracks and only cross them at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, observing all warning signs and signals.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in Seattle train accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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The Seattle Times reports that a man who was in his 20s was hit and killed by the Sounder train south of Puyallup on Tuesday morning.

The report said the man’s body was found on the tracks around 7:30am and that it was possible that no one on board the train were aware of the pedestrian accident.

The Sounder was traveling from Seattle to Tacoma and the pedestrian accident occurred near 18th Street Northwest and West Stewart Avenue.