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An accident can occur at railroad crossings in Missouri

Any kind of situation that pits a car against a train typically doesn't end well for the car or its driver. Despite the number of highly regulated and safe railroad crossings located in Missouri, accidents involving cars and trains do happen. There are certain circumstances under which a person injured in a train versus car accident may be entitled to pursue a personal injury case, seek a monetary award for any financial damages suffered.

In order to pursue a civil suit after an accident with a train, it must be shown that there was negligence in some regard. One area of concern may be the actual crossing. This area needs to be kept clear of vegetation or other train cars that may prove to be an obstruction.

Other situations that may point to negligence can involve the train itself. Train operators must abide by speed limits, just as the driver of a car must, and if a speeding train causes an accident, there may be room for a claim. Also, trains have warning whistles for the safety of others, and failure to engage that warning whistle can bring about devastating consequences.

If you are injured in a train accident, whether due to train issues or issues with railroad crossings, an investigation may be helpful in determining the viability of  pursuing a claim for damages. In Missouri, a civil case against the party deemed negligent may yield a monetary judgment that could prove beneficial as you deal with injuries. Our website further explores the scenarios that may result in a personal injury case against a party or parties believed to have been responsible for a train accident.              

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