Murray, UT (May 07, 2022) – A cyclist died on Saturday, May 7th after he was hit by a FrontRunner train in Murray, according to police.
A spokesman for the Utah Transit Authority said that the unnamed 20-year-old man was riding his bicycle when he reached an overpass with an active train crossing on 4500 South.
The safety equipment was working properly, but shortly after waiting for a Union Pacific train to go by, the man attempted to cross the tracks and was struck by a FrontRunner train coming from the other direction.
He died at the scene due to the severity of his injuries.
His identity has not been released pending family notification.
This incident is under investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
America is home to more than 600 railroad systems that run over hundreds of thousands of miles of train tracks and criss-cross over 209,000 railway crossings. Every year, an estimated 1,000 vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists die in accidents involving trains and about 50% of those deadly incidents occur at railroad crossings that are completely unmarked.
Train accidents are most often the result of common negligence on the part of a railroad company, due to things such as declining track conditions that are left unattended for too long, equipment or tools sitting on the tracks, moving at unsafe speeds around sharp corners, or engineers who are distracted or fatigued while they are in charge of driving the train.
These types of negligent acts usually have disastrous repercussions for the passengers and/or crew who are riding or working on the train as well as others in the area.
The sudden increase in train accidents across the United States in the past few years has caused the millions of passengers who depend on subways, freight trains, metros, commuter rails, passenger trains, elevated trains, and other forms of trains to get to and from work or for their daily errands to become increasingly worried about their safety.
Murray train accident lawyers Joseph Jardine and Peter Goodall at Jardine Law Offices are focused on helping families move on after experiencing significant injuries or the death of a loved one due to negligence.
According to Utah law, if you were injured as the result of another party’s negligence or maliciousness, you are likely entitled to pursue financial recovery by way of a personal injury claim.
If you endured any degree of injury in a train accident in Utah, meeting with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible could be the difference between securing full compensation for your damages and economic hardship or potential bankruptcy.
Our personal injury lawyers in Murray offer their clients empathetic and reliable legal representation and work diligently to help them see the justice they deserve. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence, speak with our personal injury attorneys in Utah at 801-350-3506 to schedule a free case review to go over the options available for you.
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