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Know the dangers of railroad crossings in Missouri

Railroad crossings span the entire state of Missouri. Drivers and pedestrians in Missouri need to know the possible dangers of railroad crossings. Those individuals should also know their rights if they become involved in an accident involving one of these locations.

While the railroad system in this country is highly regulated and generally safe, families and victims have suffered greatly as the result of accidents occurring where railroad crossings and roadways intersect. One potential hazard that can lead to devastating injuries and damage is an obstructed view. The view of tracks can be obstructed by overgrown or untrimmed vegetation. Other train cars parked on tracks often make it difficult for drivers to see if a train is coming.

The actions or inaction of a train operator may also be a cause for concern. If a train conductor does not blow a warning whistle when approaching an intersection, he or she -- along with the conductor's employer -- may be financially liable for any  or damage that result. Also, a speeding train can lead to devastating consequences.

When train accidents at railroad crossings occur, an investigation typically follows in order to determine exactly what occurred. If the gathered evidence suggests negligence concerning the operation of the train, an accident victim -- or the surviving family of a deceased victim -- may be entitled to pursue a civil claim in Missouri. If successfully presented, a monetary judgment may be entered against any party or parties found responsible. Any sum awarded could prove useful in dealing with the financial aftermath of these tragedies. Our website has more information about train accidents in general and what victims may be able to do.

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