Railroad Crossing Accident Cases
Personal Injury Attorneys: Railroad Injuries
Kansas City - Nationwide
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, more than 3,000 railroad crossing accidents occur in America each year. Because of the nature of these accidents, they often result in catastrophic injury or wrongful death. We represent the victims of these injuries in lawsuits against major railroads throughout the United States.
Railroad crossing accidents can be the result of many types of railroad negligence:
- Malfunctioning Crossing Signals
- Worn Crossbucks, Crossbucks Without Reflectors, Missing/Broken Crossbucks
- Unprotected Railroad Crossings
- Obstructed View of Crossing Due To Vegetation
- Faulty and Inadequate Maintenance of Crossing and Rails
- Failure Of Locomotive To Signal With Head Light
- Failure of Locomotive To Signal With Horn
- Excessive Locomotive Speed
- Operator Error Due To Fatigue, Drug Use or Alcohol Use, or Cell Phone/Texting Use
Railroad crossing accident cases can involve complex issues of state and federal law. They can require substantial factual investigation and expert testimony. At Stueve Siegel Hanson, we have the years of experience necessary to effectively handle these complexities. Our lawyers have the extensive trial experience and resources necessary to effectively litigate train accident cases.
Our distinct advantage stems from our lawyers' big law firm experience. At Stueve Siegel Hanson, our attorneys have years of experience working at large law firms that defended the railroad industry. We bring our knowledge of railroad operation and the excuses the big companies use to strengthen your case.
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Wrongful Death Railroad Accident
Greenhalgh v. Union Pacific Railroad,
Stueve Siegel Hanson sued UP and others for the wrongful death of our client's son. The Plaintiff's son was killed at age 17 when he was struck by an AMTRAK train that was traveling on tracks owned, operated and maintained by Union Pacific. He was walking near the tracks on his way to work when he was struck by an AMTRAK train traveling 70 m.p.h. through a residential portion of Independence, Missouri. Plaintiff alleged that the UP knew or should have known that the public used UP's right of way in and around the area of tracks at issue for numerous years. Plaintiff alleged that: UP failed to erect fences to keep people from using UP's railroad tracks as a walkway; UP failed to erect signs to warn people not to use UP's railroad tracks as a walkway; UP failed to issue a slow order near the location where he was killed despite the local hazard of nearby housing in a residential setting and notice of prior pedestrian activity and accidents at or near the location of the accident; UP failed to keep a careful lookout for pedestrians; UP failed to warn him of their approach by blowing an emergency whistle; and UP failed to slow or stop in time to avoid killing him. Within weeks of trial, the case was settled for a confidential amount.
Contact Us About Your Inquiry
To talk with us about your railroad crossing accident or the injury or death of a loved one, please call the Kansas City law office of Stueve Siegel Hanson toll free at 1-800-714-0360 or 816-714-7100. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency basis, meaning that there is no fee unless you recover.
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