On July 4, a train conductor spotted a man lying between the rails of the train tracks. The conductor tried to stop the train in time, but the man on the tracks ended up under the train. The man survived, but suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the nearest hospital.
It seems as though this unfortunate soul is the true victim in this tragic accident, but a police report said otherwise. The 30-year-old man run over by the train was suspected to be the driver involved in an earlier accident.
According to reports, in an accident earlier that same day, a driver struck a parked car and proceeded to flee the scene on foot. At the time of this article, an investigation was underway to determine whether the man who ended up on the train tracks was in fact the man who fled the scene of an accident he caused.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, this accident is a perfect example of how just about anything can happen out on the road. People drive drunk, they drive distracted, and they cause accidents because of their accidents.
Pedestrians who are injured in accidents are at even greater risk because they don’t have the protection of a vehicle. In this particular case, the conductor of the train likely won’t be held liable for the man’s injuries because the train could not possibly stop on time. But, in pedestrian accidents that involve cars, the negligent person driving the car could be held legally responsible for the injuries inflicted on the pedestrian.
In hit and run accidents, such as the one mentioned above, the driver can have additional charges for fleeing the scene — especially if someone is injured in the accident they caused.
If you’re reading this and were involved in an equally bizarre accident, or were injured by a negligent driver, it may be in your best interest to discuss your particular case with an experienced injury attorney. Legal advice can be invaluable in cases such as this, where determining who is a fault is difficult.