A recent alarming
report on oil train route safety issues is worth reading, as it highlights the
vulnerabilities workers face when transporting oil.
Inspections conducted by the government found close to 24,000 defects in
routes across the US and resulted in over a thousand recommendations for
improving safety. The defects could potentially increase the risk of train
derailment, oil leaks, and fires.
publicizing the report, the
Billings Gazette reminded readers of a 2015 derailment in Culbertson that leaked 27,000
gallons of oil. When oil gets transported along routes riddled with infrastructure
defects and other problems, workers on the train and residents in local
communities both face risks of injury and exposure to toxic substances.
Seeking help after an oil transport accident
Workers who experience an oil train route accident can suffer from a wide
variety of injuries, including crushed limbs, severe burns, brain and
spine trauma, broken bones, internal bleeding, and unsafe contact with
harsh substances. (Pollution from any spillages can also increase the
chances of illness and disrupt the economy in local communities.)
After workers suffer these injuries, they can be left to struggle for months
or years, and possibly the rest of their life if they've sustained
permanent damage. They need to undergo expensive medical care, including
surgeries and hospital stays. Physical rehabilitation and the use of assistive
devices are also possibilities. At the same time, they may lose their
ability to work, either in the short-term or for the rest of their lives.
Who's looking after their interests?
Don't hesitate to
contact us in the aftermath of an accident. We fight for people to receive fair compensation
by helping them handle insurance companies and take legal action when
necessary. We'll carefully review your case and work by your side
as dedicated advocates.