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Railroad Crossing Accidents

Railroad crossing accidents continue to occur with alarming frequency. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2008 alone there were 2,398 reported collisions between trains and motor vehicles in the United States. Tragically, the train wrecks are often fatal and preventable.

Common causes of these crossing accidents include:

  • Overgrown vegetation on the railroad’s right-of-way;
  • Improper construction and maintenance of the crossing;
  • Defective train, track and signal equipment;
  • Absence of flashing light signals and automatic gates;
  • Lack of an effective horn warning;
  • Failure to engage the emergency braking system;
  • General train operator negligence or inexperience.

Our Role in Railroad Crossing Accidents

If you are injured or lose a loved one in a railroad crossing accident, the last thing you may be thinking about is filing a lawsuit to acquire compensation for the injuries and damages that occurred. However, if you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire, which means you will never be able to file a lawsuit.

We understand this can be a difficult time and you may need time to heal or grieve, which is why we are here to help. We will evaluate the case and handle filing all of the necessary paperwork. We will also work with you, the responsible party’s insurance company and anyone else to help you get a fair amount of compensation for the injuries, damages and pain, and suffering you incur.

Understanding Railroad Laws

At Sullivan Law, we fully understand the laws related to railroad crossings and your rights. Federal regulations and state law subject the railroads to civil and even punitive damages for these conditions and failures. Contrary to common perception, the railroads are private corporations and do not receive immunity.

Investigation of a grade crossing collision is complicated and begins with the data from the event recorder or “black box” on the lead locomotive of the train involved in the collision. The data contains the train’s speed, braking, horn activity, and other critical information.

We have the manpower and resources to provide you with the services you need to pursue compensation and justice. Our goal is to help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Our attorneys litigate railroad cases across the nation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a railroad crossing accident, call for a free confidential consultation with one of our attorneys at 877.857.2622.