Failing eyesight likely cause of freight train accident

June 18, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

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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4 people lucky to be alive after Amtrak train collides with pickup truck in Tenino

July 28, 2012 by The Farber Law Group

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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How To Get the Most From Your Accident Settlement

November 7, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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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Understanding Personal Injury Law

November 5, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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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World Health Organization kicks off "Decade of Action for Road Safety"

May 16, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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.

Source:
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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3 BNSF employees killed, 1 injured in Kelso railroad crossing accident

March 24, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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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Kirkland's Evergreen Hospital designated Level III trauma center

February 11, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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.

Harborview Medical Center
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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Washington train accidents claim two lives in Western Washington

January 15, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

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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Man killed in Sumner Amtrak train accident

October 11, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

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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Man hit and killed by Sounder train in Puyallup

August 19, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

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.

Thirteen pedestrian have been killed in train accidents this year in Washington state.

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 pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

10th train track fatality this year in Washington

July 7, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

King5.com of Seattle reports that a man was killed by a freight train in Centralia early this morning. The man was crossing the tracks when he was hit by the train.

This is the 10th fatality in Washington state this year involving people who have been hit by trains. Of the 10 deaths, 9 of the people were considered to be trespassers and one was at a pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrians are often ignorant of the dangers that railroad tracks pose. It is often devastating to train engineers to be involved in a collision in which a pedestrian is killed. Pedestrians often don't realize that trains are traveling at speeds of up to 80 mph and that they can not stop for a pedestrian.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Railroad tracks and trestles are private property and people should not trespass. seattle train accident lawyer
  • Only cross in designated public crossing.
  • Be aware that trains overhang the tracks by at least 3 feet on either side of the track. Also, loose straps or other equipment may overhang further. STAND BACK.
  • Do not cross the tracks after one train passes because there is often another train approaching in the opposite direction.
  • Do not use train trestles to fish, hunt or bungee jump.
  • Do not attempt to hop on and ride train equipment at any time.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent motor vehicle accident victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.


Man killed by freight train in Sumner

June 21, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

Police are investigating a railroad accident in which a man, who was sitting on the railroad tracks in Sumner, was hit and killed by a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train around 12:40am.

Train engineers saw the man sitting on the tracks but were unable to stop the train in time.

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 train accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

Source:
The Seattle Times
Man killed on RR tracks on Sumner
Posted June 21, 2010

Woman hit and killed by BNSF train in Edmonds

May 1, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

A woman was hit and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp train on Saturday morning around 5:30am.

From a report in The Seattle Times, it seems that the woman may have committed suicide because the train crew saw the woman run from behind a building and into the path of the oncoming train. The train's engineer tried to stop but the train hit and killed the woman.

The woman has not yet been identified. Police, however, believe they have found the woman's vehicle nearby.

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 due the negligence of another.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

Two young men from Washington state killed in Utah commuter train accident

March 12, 2010 by The Farber Law Group

Two young men from Washington state were killed and a young man and woman were injured when the Chevy Aveo they were riding in apparently went around a railroad crossing arm and were involved in a train vs. car accident in Utah.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, Alex Amundson, 21, of Fariview, and Donald Callison, 18, of Monroe were both killed in the motor vehicle accident. Amundson was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. The train was estimated to be traveling at 45 mph and 55mph when it hit the Aveo.

Injured in the accident were an 18-year-old female from Salt Lake County and a 19-year-old male from Vernal. Their condition is unknown.

All four of the young people were employees of KFC and were in the Salt Lake area for a business seminar.

No one on the train was injured in the accident.

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 and the family of those killed.

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Woman hit and killed by Amtrak train in Puyallup

December 31, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

The Seattle Times reports that a 36-year-old Pierce County resident was hit and killed by an Amtrak Train around 2 am this morning.

According to the report, the woman had been missing and was described as suicidal. The report said that the incident did not occur at a railroad crossing and that there were no passengers on the train at the time.

The train was en route to Seattle from Portland at the time of the incident.

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 train accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

Safe Crossing Week teaches kids about crossing railroad tracks safely

November 4, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

Safe Kids.org launched "Safe Crossing Week" for the week of November 1 through November 7 to teach children about how to be safe around railroad crossings. This year's program is called "Teaching Safety for Life."

Safe Kids "Top Railroad Safety Rules" for parents to teach their children include:seattle train accident attorney

  • Railroad tracks are dangerous, don't play around them. Only cross tracks at marked crossings and always look both ways.
  • Obey railroad signs and signals, paying attention to warning bells or train whistles.
  • Never cross a train track when a train is approaching even if it seems very far away.
  • Walk bicycles across tracks.
  • Stand at least 10 giant steps away from tracks.
According to Safe Kids, around 744 people were killed and 1,372 were injured in train accidents last year in the United States. Twenty-two of the victims that were killed and 120 of those injured were children, 14 years of age and under.

For more information about Railroad Safety, see the Safe Kids web-site.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Distracted driving? Pilots were using laptop computer when flying jet

October 27, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

Last week, a Northwest Airlines commercial flight overview its destination by 150 miles. Fortunately, this was not a terrorist incident, the pilots were not asleep nor fighting. However, they were very distracted -- they were using a laptop computer -- and did not notice that it was time to land the plane.

According to The Seattle Times, the pilots Richard Cole of Salem, Oregon and Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Washington will lose their pilot's licenses because of the incident .

Recently in Washington DC, the National Transportation Safety Board held a summit on distracted driving which addressed the dangers of text-messaging and using other electronic devices while driving. The summit revealed data that said almost 6,000 people were killed and about 500,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents linked to driver distraction.

Data tells us that distracted driving kills. Hopefully, we will not have any more pilots so distracted that they don't realize where they are or that people are talking to them over radios.

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 and the family of those killed. If you believe your auto accident was caused by someone using a cell phone, you might want to read our article, "What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?"

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Sleep apnea cause of thousands of motor vehicle accidents including plane, train and bus says NTSB

October 20, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

The National Transportation Safety Board has made recommendations to the Federal Aviation Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and other governmental agencies regarding operator fatigue and a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. The NTSB presented "Fatigue and Sleep Disorders in Transportation Accidents" at the Washington D.C. Sleep Society and their data reveals that fatigue and sleep apnea has been a factor in thousands of transportation accidents since 1967 including railroad, marine, intermodal, highway, and aviation.

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The NTSB recommends that pilots and other operators or motor vehicles be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea if they have other risk factors for that disorder.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person has pauses in their breathing during a sleep cycle. Each episode is termed apnea, and it means "failure to breath." When people have the condition, their breathing is obstructed during the night which affects their body, causing daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

THE NTSB gave examples of when sleep apnea was a factor in a bus accident, a train accident, a cruise ship accident and a case when two pilots fell asleep during a flight.

See the Seattle Times for a full report by the Associated Press on the condition.

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.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

9th fatal pedestrian-train accident in Washington this year

September 12, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

The Seattle Times reports that a man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train while walking on a railroad trestle over the Lewis River south of Woodland on Friday afternoon. This is the ninth pedestrian accident involving a train in Washington so far this year.

The train was traveling from Seattle to Vancouver on the BNSF Railway.

Apparently the man and a companion were on the trestle looking for a place to swim.

It is tragic that so many pedestrians have lost their lives this year. Use the following common sense safety tips when walking near train tracks:

  • Never walk down a train track. Not only is it illegal but it is dangerous. Trains always have the right-of-way.
  • Only cross railway tracks at designated crossing and never go around or over lower crossing gates.
  • Always expect a train to be arriving. Even if a track has weeds or looks rusty, you must assume that it is in use.
  • You won't always hear an approaching train. Modern trains are quieter than you might think. In some areas, trains will not blow warning horns, especially near residential areas.
  • Approaching trains are moving faster and are closer than you think.
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 pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.


Woman killed while walking tracks by freight train near Tacoma

June 27, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

The Seattle Times reports that a woman, who was in her early 20s, was hit and killed by a Union Pacific freight train traveling on Burlington Northern tracks near the Tacoma late Friday evening.

The Portland-bound freight train was near the Black River Station at the time of the pedestrian accident.

According to the report, this is the fifth pedestrian who has been killed on Burlington Northern property in 2009. In 2008, 16 people were killed.


This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber law Group. We represent pedestrian accident victims and their families.

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