Train Crossing Accident Attorneys
Did You Lose a Loved One in a Train Crossing Accident?
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics show that hundreds of fatalities occur in railroad crossing accidents each year, as well as hundreds more serious injuries. At Bolt Law Firm, our dedicated Anoka railroad crossing accident attorneys are here to stand up for you if you were badly injured at a railroad crossing at no fault of your own, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal train crossing accident. If an investigation uncovers that the accident could have been prevented if the rail industry used better engineering standards and system safety principles, then you could have a valid claim for compensation.
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Causes of Railroad Crossing Accidents
Railroad crossing accidents involve trains striking vehicles or pedestrians. Our highly experienced team can handle railroad crossing claims, no matter the exact specifics of your accident or that of your loved one.
Common causes of railroad crossing accidents include:
- Defective railroad crossing gates and signals.
- Trains that fail to sound their horns when approaching crossings.
- Trains that fail to use their lights when approaching crossings.
- Trains parked too close to crossings.
- Crossings obstructed by plants, vegetation, and other objects.
- Objects protruding from the train.
- Faulty signals, lights, and gates at railroad crossings.
- Lack of bells and other audible warnings.
- Poor crossing and adjacent roadway designs.
- Track or grade defects that cause vehicles to get caught when crossing.
Damage & Injuries Caused by Railroad Crossing Accidents
The collision of a car and a train is comparable to the collision of a car and a soda can. Even at relatively low speeds, the size and weight of a train can crush a smaller vehicle, resulting in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Bolt Law Firm and our train crossing accident attorneys can work with medical experts to understand the extent of your injuries. We can fight for your fair recovery, even if the injury you have suffered is expected to cause permanent complications.
Catastrophic injuries caused by railroad crossing accidents can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Train crossing accidents can result in severe head trauma, leading to traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can cause long-term cognitive and motor function impairments.
- Spinal cord injuries: The force of impact in train crossing accidents can cause damage to the spinal cord, potentially resulting in partial or complete paralysis. This can have a profound effect on the victim's quality of life and may require lifelong medical care and assistance.
- Amputations: Due to the sheer size and weight of trains, collisions with vehicles or pedestrians can often result in traumatic amputations. These life-altering injuries can require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and the use of prosthetic devices.
- Internal organ damage: The blunt force trauma experienced in train crossing accidents can cause significant damage to internal organs, which may require emergency surgical intervention to treat.
- Severe burns: In some cases, train crossing accidents can result in fires or explosions, causing severe or third-degree burns to the victims.
Do Drivers Cause Train Crossing Accidents?
Train crossing accident cases are challenging and result in hard-fought courtroom trials. When a train crossing accident occurs, railroads are quick to tell law enforcement and media outlets that cars drove around gates or that drivers were not paying attention. Our experienced train accident attorneys expect this type of quick but unjustified defense strategy in just about every case. By using a thorough investigation and evaluation of the crossing accident, we can look for evidence that shows the truth: you should not be blamed for the accident.
Railroads deny liability for nearly all train and railroad crossing accidents, making injury and death claims some of the hardest and most complicated. The experienced, knowledgeable train crossing accident attorneys of Bolt Law Firm offer honest, practical advice. We have represented individuals injured and the families of those killed in railroad accidents across the country. Because of the highly complex and specific nature of this type of claim, we tailor our legal representation and offer honest, practical advice.
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Representing train accident and railroad crossing accident victims is a deeply personal mission for lead railroad Attorney Joe Sayler, whose brother was killed in a railroad crossing accident. Joe has devoted his career to advocating for railroad public safety and helping individuals impacted by train accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a train crossing accident, contact the dedicated railroad attorneys of Bolt Law Firm for your initial consultation.