A defective railroad crossing light, malfunctioning crossing gate, or warning alerts that do not sound can cause a catastrophic railroad crossing accident with injuries or fatalities. When railroad company negligence is at fault, victims can pursue a railroad negligence case for compensation. However, seeking fair and just recompense to cover injuries, death or damages has become increasingly difficult.
Every railroad company moving trains and cargo throughout Illinois is legally required to ensure that every railroad crossing is safe for motor traffic and pedestrians. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer serious injuries or fatalities each year at unsafe crossings throughout the state.
File a claim for compensation is often difficult because the railroad companies involved in an accident usually indicate that the train have the right-of-way because of its inability to stop quickly or turn away from the track. Often times, railroad companies will refuse to turn over statements from the train crew, engineer, dispatcher recordings or other communication involved in the accident.
We Understand Comprehensive Railroad Law
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is one of Illinois’ prominent law firms that handle personal injury cases for injured victims and wrongful death victims involved in railroad crossing accidents throughout the state. Our lawyers have well-established strategies for building strong cases for compensation. We use our extensive negotiation skills along with proven trial tactics and innovations to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.
Our previous claims and lawsuits have involved the failure of railroad companies to exercise ordinary duty of care, while placing the public in danger. Many of our claims for compensation have involved:
- Crossing gate failure
- Malfunctioning crossing arm
- Train derailment
- Passenger injury
- Vehicle and train collision
- Train engineer negligence
- Failing to sound alarms and horns
- Line of sight obstruction
- Trains traveling above the speed limit
- Crossings with improper signage
- Negligently marked or designed railroad crossings
Many claims for a catastrophic injury filed against the railroad industry are challenging. The laws governing railroad operations in Illinois are complex. Obtaining maximum compensation usually requires considerable research, complex investigation and a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law. Our legal team is knowledgeable in state and federal regulations. We handle every aspect of the legal process to ensure full recovery for all expenses, damages and losses.
Our law firm considers every factor of the accident by evaluating the operational experience of the crew to determine if they were safely operating the train and if the locomotive was under control. The law dictates that the entire railroad crew has a legal responsibility to keep a proper lookout and ensure that the speed of the train is operating within legal limits. We use our wide-ranging resources with access to experts who can analyze the operational negligence of the railroad company and the train crew.
Hiring a Lawyer to Investigate and Prosecute a Railroad Crossing Accident
The cost, time and legal skill required to present a claim for compensation in front of a judge and jury is extensive. However, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC accept railroad crossing accident cases on contingency. This means the victim or surviving family members are provided instant legal representation from our law firm without any upfront fees.
We handle a variety of railroad accident cases including railroad negligence, railroad litigation, Federal Employee Liability Act claims and railroad crossing accidents. We evaluate every potential of railroad negligence by the company, train crew or third parties including other motorists and pedestrians. We use our years of experience of handling Illinois personal injury cases to ensure the victims receive maximum recovery for the injuries and damages they have sustained.
Our years of experience help us determine what parties are at fault to hold them legally accountable. We have an impressive record of negotiated settlements and jury verdicts, obtaining maximum compensation for our clients.
It is essential to hire our legal team quickly to ensure that all crucial evidence involved in your case is preserved. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident and hire experts to provide an unbiased analysis while assessing and evaluating your case. We are ready and able to put our years of experience and knowledge to work for you. We invite you to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today at (888) 424-5757. Our attorneys will review your claim with you and provide numerous legal options on how to proceed.