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Injured in a train collision? You may have a right to sue

Lots of trains pass through Dupage County, meaning that there are many opportunities for cars to have to yield to locomotives. The problem is that some drivers fail to do just that.

When a train and passenger vehicle collide, it doesn't bode well for the vehicle. While there have been miraculous survival stories, most such encounters wind up with one or more deaths and multiple injuries.

A person doesn't even have to be in the car struck by the train to suffer serious or fatal injuries. The debris field resulting from these collisions can be quite wide. Other drivers and passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who are near the ground zero of impact can wind up injured as well.

Of course, the best option is to avoid a collision entirely. But this is not always possible, even when the driver exercises the utmost caution. Vehicles can break down on the tracks, or get hung up there by a defect in either the track itself or the vehicle.

Those who find themselves in that untenable position, with a fully loaded freight train bearing down on them, should get out of their vehicles as quickly as possible and run toward the train. The reason for this is that will take them in the opposite direction of the impact and hurtling debris. It just might save their lives.

If you have been injured in an accident with a train, it is possible that you may have a cause of action to file a civil suit against any negligent parties or entities. Identifying multiple defendants in complex personal injury cases is often best handled by attorneys.

Source: Operation Lifesaver, "Driving Safety Tips," accessed Feb. 25, 2016

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