Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding a train accident that took place in Norfolk, Virginia just before 8pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
A train near the 1200 block of Bolton Street hit a man. The man died as a result of his injuries.
Norfolk Police are currently classifying the accident as an "Undetermined Death" and have not provided any other details. Our sympathies go out to the family of the injured man at this difficult time.
Statistics show pedestrians are "most often hurt or killed at unprotected crossings, which are those that have no lights or signals to indicate that the train is approaching." The Federal Highway Administration reports there are over 140,000 railroad crossings in the United States and less than 25% of them are unmarked. The fact that one in four of the railroad crossings in this country is unmarked and fails to warn innocent passers-by of impending danger of a passing train is unacceptable.
Though we do not have the specific facts in this case, as a law firm that specializes in personal injury law, we know that facts like these will be important to the investigation of this accident and to the family of the victim of this accident.
The circumstances that surround this particular accident will help the family determine who is legally at fault. Fault is the legal concept that determines whether an individual will be able to recover for an injury or whether an individual's family will be able to recover for the wrongful death as a result of an accident.
Again, it will be important for the police, and more importantly the family of the victim, to learn the details of this accident and we hope they get those answers soon. Our firm has handled several cases that involve railroad injuries and deaths in the past and we can provide answers to any questions you may have if you or a loved one were involved in a serious accident. Call us today at 800-752-0042.