Relatively speaking, train travel is safe. Accidents are not as common as they are on Michigan's highways. However, train accidents are also a frightening thing for people to think about because of their complete lack of control; in a car, drivers feel in control, even if it's an illusion.
When you hear that you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you may not be sure what that means exactly. Does it mean you are terminally injured and likely to die? Does it mean your recovery will never go beyond a certain point? A catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that leads to permanent disability, a fractured neck or serious head injury. Other catastrophic injuries include sudden cardiac arrest or cardiac disruptions. Some kinds of catastrophic injuries do resolve over time. For example, if you suffer a head injury, it may be severe at the time of injury, but with hard work, recovery could be possible.
There were 44 fatal workplace accidents in Michigan in 2016, according to data kept by the state government. That is a significant jump up from the 29 deaths that happened in 2015. It is also well above the low mark set in 2009, when there were 24 deaths.
You may be much closer to someone living with paralysis than you realize. According to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, about one out of every 50 Americans is paralyzed.
After a collision, it's normal to want to see the negligent driver pay for his or her actions. Michigan adopted a no-fault insurance system in 1973 to make sure you get the medical care and benefits you need without costly legal or administrative costs. That doesn't mean you can't take some drivers to court, though.
If you had to list your No. 1 goal as parent, it very well may be keeping your children safe and healthy. You put so much time and effort into this, and you love your children. One of the best ways to work on keeping them safe, then, is simply to understand the risks.