Train Public Hazards
The transportation of hazardous materials accounts for the usage of over one million rail cars every year.
HAZMAT safety issues come into play in these instances because any type of
train accident that involves cargo of
toxic substances could greatly jeopardize
employees and any nearby passersby. For example, in Salt Lake City, March of 2005, approximately 6,000 people were forced to evacuate when a toxic cloud filled the air. The emergency occurred when rail tank cars designed to transport sulfuric acid were compromised by their cargo and released hazmat into the atmosphere. Hazmat teams were unable to obtain cargo information from the tank operators and were forced to test the leaking material. The tanks were loaded with a mixture of acetic, hydrofluoric, phosphoric and sulfuric acids which the tank cars were never designed to carry. Public health and welfare, not to mention the safety of emergency teams, were compromised by the reckless behavior of the tank car operators.
Clearly, the transportation of toxic cargo poses a great danger to everyone involved. Although it may be a lucrative form of business for the train industry, it is one filled with great dangers that could substantially affect the lives of those who are injured. This is largely because of the fact that any accident in which a train carrying dangerous substances is involved will naturally lead to spillage and unsafe exposure to the harmful chemicals being carried. This type of exposure can easily and quickly lead to
injury, illness and long-term disease, making it imperative to obtain a
railroad injury attorney immediately after any incident of this nature.
In many disasters involving hazardous materials, emergency responders are less than familiar with measures that need to be taken to adequately sustain this type of wreck. This is not only inconvenient, it is also very dangerous to the passengers and workers onboard the train at the time of the accident. Too many things can go wrong when the operation and maintenance of a railroad or train car are not properly attended to. If failure to adhere to the laws that govern railroad safety and compliance have led to your accident then you should take action immediately.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP we are skilled at taking on cases of personal injury that relate to train accidents and railroad injuries. When proper regulating procedures are followed at every step of the way, there should not be any reason for an accident to occur. Therefore, when taking on your case we will go to work to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case and determine how to apply them to your
train accident claim. More likely than not, some form of negligent or reckless behavior has led to the accident that left you injured, and we are determined to get to the bottom of it. We do not believe that you should suffer from the public hazards posed from any type of train accident, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that you are fully compensated for the damages you have incurred as a result.