Representing The Victims Of Train Accidents
Railroad crossing accidents occur with alarming frequency. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 2,398 reported collisions between trains and motor vehicles in the United States in 2008 alone. 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 or 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
If you or a loved one was the victim of a train accident, call our Kansas City office at 816-945-8853 or 800-487-8066 for the experienced counsel you require. We will discuss your case during a free case consultation.
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 be unable 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. Our Missouri personal injury lawyers will evaluate the case and file all of the necessary paperwork. We will work with you, the responsible party’s insurance company and other involved parties to help you pursue fair compensation for the injuries, damages and pain and suffering you incur.
Understanding Complex Railroad Laws
At Sullivan Law, we fully understand the laws related to railroad crossings and your rights. Federal regulations and state law subject 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 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.
Contact Our Capable Litigation Attorneys
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 816-945-8853 or 800-487-8066. You may also contact our firm online.