Train Accidents Aren’t Uncommon in Oklahoma

May 23, 2014
by The Atkins & Markoff Team

Train Accidents Aren’t Uncommon in Oklahoma

An accident involving a train and a pedestrian may seem like it would be a rare occurrence, but that is not the case in Oklahoma. In fact, in Norman, Oklahoma alone, there have been four train/pedestrian accidents since July 9, including the most recent on September 8, three of which resulted in fatalities. Last Saturday, an Oklahoma City woman identified as 34-year-old Susie Mae Cunningham was killed when she was struck by a train on the Main Street and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Oklahoma train accidents involving pedestrians are not uncommon, and they typically result in the death of the pedestrian due to the sheer size and weight of a train. If you have been injured in a train accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our experienced train accident attorneys at AMA Law today.


On July 9, 2012, 35-year-old Bobby Kinsey was killed in a Norman train accident after being struck by a southbound cargo train south of the Cedar Lane intersection. Less than a month later, on August 8, 45-year-old Mitchell Hammons, of Norman, lost both of his legs after being struck by a BNSF train in the area of Symmes Street and the intersection of the train tracks. On September 1, Norman resident Michael James McNeil, 38, was killed when he was struck by a northbound BNSF train at the intersection of the tracks and Boyd Street. A similar string of Oklahoma train accidents involving pedestrians took place in 2009, when a Norman teenager and two Moore adults were struck on the tracks in February, March and November.


National statistics show that there are approximately 3,000 train accidents every year in the United States, resulting in more than 1,000 fatalities. Unfortunately, estimates indicate that train operator error, associated with either fatigue or intoxication, has been a factor in almost 40% of all train accidents in the U.S. over the last five years. If you have suffered serious injuries in an Oklahoma train accident, or if you are mourning the loss of a loved one from a train accident in Oklahoma City, our skilled train accident attorneys at AMA Law are here to help. The consequences associated with OK train accidents are often devastating, typically resulting in life-altering injuries or fatality. With the help of our knowledgeable train accident lawyers at AMA Law, you can file a claim for negligence and pursue compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, or funeral and burial costs in the event of a train accident death.