The appearance and maintenance of railroad tracks is strictly regulated by law and any lack of compliance can be deadly. After a Missouri woman lost her husband to a collision on train tracks, she sought financial relief from the railroad company. Her case was partially based on the fact obstructed views and lack of lights were believed to have played a role in the crash.
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.
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.
Motorists would be wise to obey all traffic signals for safety's sake. Although this is important at all times while on the road, it is especially important at railroad crossings. Motorists who ignore or accidentally overlook crossing warnings are putting themselves in grave danger of being hit by an oncoming train. This is why the Missouri State Highway Patrol has teamed up with local police in an operation to catch drivers ignoring these warnings.
At first glance, many train accidents that involve motor vehicles can appear to be the result of the vehicle not properly yielding to the train. However, despite the fact that many of these accidents occur at designated railroad crossings, the cause of the accident may not be as clear-cut as people may initially think. Only by taking a complete look at the circumstances surrounding the accident can the cause be truly understood.
A two-vehicle accident that occurred on May 30 has left one man dead and a woman in critical condition. According to Missouri police, the truck accident occurred at around 7:40 p.m. when a truck driven by a 52-year-old man was slowing to make a left-hand turn off of Highway 22 in Audrain County.
One of the most frightening thoughts any of us might have is to be helplessly stuck on train tracks as a locomotive charges toward us with no more than a few moments to rush to safety. A train accident is often treacherous, whether it occurs in Missouri or anyplace else, if for no other reason than the difference in size between the train and virtually any other vehicle with which it may collide. At times, obstructed views, poorly marked railroad crossings and even a train speeding on the tracks may explain the wreck that occurs. When that other vehicle is a car, the consequences are often disastrous. Unfortunately, two people ended up in a similar situation in St. Louis on April 24.
We have discussed local car accidents in several previous posts, but what happens when a car and a train collide? According to one local expert, when a train hits a car, the driver is 20 times more likely to be killed than in a normal car accident. As of December 24, 13 people across the state of Missouri had been killed in train wrecks in 2011. That is the highest train-related fatality rate in five years.
Trains are very large in size and magnitude and wield tremendous power and force. They are large enough in size to cause major train accidents, especially when there are obstructed views at railroad crossings. This was the case in 2008 when a freight train driving through Missouri took the life of a 10-year-old girl.