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Train derailments on the rise

Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that according to projections released by the federal government, train derailments affecting trains that haul crude oil or ethanol gas will occur at an average rate of ten times annually over the next 20 years. The train derailments are expected to create over four billion dollars' worth of damage. The government predicts that the derailments will also be responsible for killing hundreds of people if they should occur in areas that are densely populated.

Which agency regulates railroad traffic and train accidents?

Due to the natural gas production boom that has been experienced in North Dakota, the state of Minnesota has experienced a surge in train traffic travelling on its railroad tracks. This surge in railroad traffic has drawn the attention of the Federal Railroad Administration because of the nature of the potentially hazardous chemicals that are being transported.

Railroad company reduces number of railroad maintenance crews

Minnesota residents should be interested to know that an abrupt reduction in the number of workers that maintain Canadian Pacific tracks will likely result in increased delays. The reduction was precipitated by the railroad company's management during the restructuring of its Maintenance of Way worker force. The restructuring eliminated and, in some cases, moved essential workers such as welders, utility crews and other crew members that are part of the Maintenance of Way crew.

Understanding FELA and your Minnesota legal options

Working in the Minnesota railroad industry is inherently more dangerous than other industries because of the nature of the industry itself. This is due to the fact that there is a disproportionate mismatch between railway locomotives and the human body. When they come into conflict, the human body does not stand a chance, the locomotive will always win out.

What are some current initiatives to address train accidents?

Train accidents and train safety have become a hot topic ever since the movie Unstoppable came out in 2010, which depicted a train out of control pulling rail car after rail car carrying dangerous chemicals at break neck speeds through densely populated human communities.

Work with an experienced attorney when pursuing railroad injury claims

Last month, a man was struck and killed in Elk River by a Northstar commuter train after walking into an area off limits for pedestrians, about two miles north of the Northstar station in Elk River. The accident, according to reports, killed the man instantly, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, making for the third fatality involving the Northstar commuter line since it started up there in 2009. The line, as readers may know, runs between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis and supporters thousands of commuters daily.

Fatal train accident could involve additional costs for trucking company

Train accidents can have serious consequences, both financially and in terms of the human costs. This is especially the case for a 2011 crash in Nevada involving a tractor trailer and an Amtrak train. The accident, which our Minneapolis readers may remember hearing about, took the lives of six individuals and injured multiple others. The outcome of subsequent legal action is that the trucking company may have to pay over $5.7 million. Sources said that around $1.2 million of the award will go to medical costs for employees and passengers involved in the train accident.

FELA claim timeline

If you are injured as a railroad worker, you will likely have to pursue a claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, otherwise known as FELA for short. FELA claims can be complicated and can take quite some time. Knowing what to expect can help you successfully navigate the process and get the full monetary recovery you deserve.

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