The police in Cary, North Carolina have reported that an Amtrak passenger train struck and killed a man along its railroad tracks near East Chatham and Trinity Roads early last Saturday morning. Evidently the Wake County man whom Cary police describe as in his late 30’s had died at the scene on the tracks.
According to Sergeant Gazaway, who had responded to the accident, Amtrak’s engineer saw the man walking along the rail tracks prior to striking the man. Cary police do not know exactly why the man was walking the tracks as of this hour. They speculate that he may have had a death wish. The railroads always claim that it was suicide when anyone gets killed by them at a crossing or on its tracks.The Amtrak train was headed away from Raleigh towards the west at the time of the accident.
In many cases large railroad companies such as Amtrak attempt to keep their accidents and rates of death or injury to pedestrians or passengers of its rail cars away from public scrutiny. It is not so unusual to find a representative of the company, in this case Amtrak, attempting to settle with a victim or victim’s family outside of court prior to them having a chance to seek legal counsel of their own for advice. Many times accepting these arrangements without adequate representation is not in their best interests.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, injured or even killed by a train or railway company such as Amtrak, and then seek a legal representative immediately. A competent attorney will advise you of your rights and what your options are in seeking proper compensation for your loss.
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