Trains and personal injury
By: Darrell Castle
In a tragic accident over the weekend, a 59 year old man was hit and killed by a train in Germantown.
When officers arrived, the man was found wearing shorts and a t-shirt with no identification on him.
A release from the city states the man was jogging on the train tracks westbound with headphones in his ears playing music. The train engineer allegedly sounded the horn “multiple” times and then applied his emergency brake. However, the train struck the man and killed him instantly.
This is the second person killed by a train in the Memphis area in the past month.
From the details of THIS case, it looks like liability is on the jogger. However, that’s not necessarily ALWAYS the case.
When contemplating a situation like this, there’s some questions you need to ask yourself. Did the train engineer blow his or her horn? Did the train horn malfunction? Was there a railroad malfunction at the crossing?
There are a lot of factors at play here, and if you find yourself in a situation like this contemplating how your loved one was hurt, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.
The right attorney will thoroughly investigate every little detail of the case and find the liability. Then, depending on the liability, there may be compensation for damages.
Also, be aware and use caution around train tracks.