Railroad Crossing Accidents Injury Lawyer
While railroad crossing accidents are rare in comparison to other types of vehicle accidents, they do occur. Railroad companies must operate under strict federal regulations for safety, especially when crossing roadways. In addition, the city, county and state transportation agencies are responsible for roadways that have railroad crossings. When a railroad crossing accident occurs and causes injuries or fatalities, these events must be carefully investigated to determine liability.
Were You Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Railroad Crossing Accident?
In many cases, railroad accidents with vehicles occur due to drivers not yielding to a marked crossing. Railroad crossings must be marked, and some have gates or lights to warn drivers, pedestrians and others crossing the tracks. However, the majority of fatal or serious injury accidents occur at “passive” railroad crossings that are marked but not protected by gates or lights. In some cases, the railroad company, local government or track owner may be liable for injury accidents that occur at railroad crossings.
Hundreds of accidents at railroad crossings happen each year, with the majority at unprotected crossings. Due to the sheer weight and force of a train, many of these accidents cause fatalities or catastrophic injuries. These are complicated accidents to investigate and determine fault. Some factors that could prove negligence include:
- Visibility at the crossing
- Intersections near the crossing
- Visibility of warning signs
- Previous accidents at the crossing
- Adherence to federal regulations
Due to the federal, state and local government involvement in railroad safety, as well as the various entities that may be liable, railroad crossing accidents are very complex. If you were injured or a family member was killed in a railroad crossing accident, contact our team at Ligori & Sanders Attorneys at Law today. We can offer our experienced legal advice during a free consultation. If we handle your case, we will use our extensive resources and expertise to fight for restitution for you and your family.