Family Suffers Serious Injuries in Train Wreck
A family of five was seriously hurt in this car-train wreck. They hit a CN train.
Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2010 – “Although you’d think it would be hard not to see a train, or to even get on the tracks at the same time the train is barreling toward you, it does happen. And it did in this case when 16-year-old Austin Broehm hit the westbound engine,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.
No one is sure why Broehm was on the tracks at the same time as the train, but the crash caused the CN engine to spill a load of fuel. HazMat crews were called out in addition to EMS first responders. Oddly, this accident came one day after CN announced safety week; a campaign that promised to put an end to accidents, injuries and fatalities on their crossings, tracks and property.
There were five people in the car, four were related; most of them suffered some pretty serious injuries. The driver was in serious condition with a leg injury. His brother, Blake Boehm, also had leg injuries and was in serious condition. Brother Jarrod had various internal injuries and was also listed in serious condition. Brother Jake may be the victim of traumatic brain injury and was listed as critical. The last victim was treated and released. Engine crew members were not injured.
“The sticking point in this accident is why the young driver hit the train in the first place. Some questions that will need to be answered are: Was the crossing posted? Were there warning lights? A barrier? Did the car have a mechanical problem such as defective brakes? Was the driver under the influence of something or driving while distracted?” suggested Monroe.
When those questions are answered, the family will know what they need to do with regard to the personal injuries their sons sustained. If the crossing was not posted, it may well be the responsibility of the railway. If the brakes were defective, it may be the fault of the manufacturer of the car.
If the driver was at fault, the injured passengers will face a difficult choice of whether to sue their brother or not. In the case of the non-related victim, she would likely be able to sue the driver or the railway depending on facts yet to be determined.
At some point, if a decision to litigate is made, the victims may wish to inquire into applying for litigation funding; it is easy to find out if they qualify. If they do qualify, a lawsuit cash advance would help them pay medical bills and deal with other important expenses while waiting for a settlement, jury verdict or administrative award. Lawsuit funding is fast cash and may reach litigants within 24-48 hours.
“It’s easy to apply for lawsuit funding online or by calling to complete an application. This legal funding may be used for any financial need, but most people use it for serious needs – like past due mortgage payments, tuition or car payments. People also may need cash quickly to pay medical bills. If you lose the case, you don’t have to repay the pre-settlement funding,” added Monroe.
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