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Train companies have responsibilities at railroad crossings

An accident involving a train is typically devastating. When an accident occurs at railroad crossings, victims should be aware of their rights and protections under the law. In certain situations and under specific circumstances, railroad companies may be held liable for the damages caused by train accidents in Missouri.

Trains are equipped with safety features, for the safety of the train and its occupants and other vehicles and people in or near the train tracks. One safety feature is a warning whistle. Failure to blow the whistle can lead to a crash as passenger cars may not know a train is nearing an intersection. It is also crucial for the train operator to observe the speed limit. Just as cars may speed and cause accidents, so can trains if they are moving faster than the designated speed for a specific area.

The view of tracks at intersections must also be clear. If obstructed by other train cars or vegetation that isn't trimmed properly, the train company may be at risk for liability. Whether intentional or not, this type of negligence can result in serious injuries or worse, particularly for pedestrians or those in vehicles that are no match for a moving locomotive.

When an accident occurs on train tracks in Missouri, the victims may not initially know whether there are factors involved that could implicate the train company. Having an experienced attorney investigate the railroad crossings involved may help victims determine if they have a case that can be pursued in a civil court. Our website has more information about accidents at railroad crossings and circumstances that may point to negligence or liability on the part of a train company and/or other party involved.

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