Defects in oil rail routes increase the risk of personal injury

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.

In 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.

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