Railway tracks that crisscross Montana and the rest of the country are the lifeline of the nation because they help transport various crucial goods from one part of the country to another for civilian, military and business purposes. However, in order to reach all corners of the country, those railway tracks often intersect with roads that are designed for motor vehicle traffic.
While some of those railway crossings are manned, a large number of such crossings are unmanned. It is at these unmanned crossings that the chances of a train and car accident are the highest. Unfortunately, every year a number of people are injured or killed in railroad crossing accidents across the country. For example, according to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety, a total of 830 accidents occurred nationally at railroad crossings between January and May 2015. Fortunately, Montana fared better than many other states, even though seven accidents were reported.
In terms of injuries and fatalities, of the 830 accidents, 89 railroad crossing accidents claimed 100 lives and injured 64 people between January and May 2015. These figures clearly show the extent of damage that railroad accidents can cause. Therefore, in the event that someone is injured in such an accident or if someone loses a loved one, they should consider seeking legal recourse even though seeking legal recourse against railroads is often difficult.
Considering such complications, victims of railroad accidents may choose to hire a law firm such as ours to represent them in order to seek rightful compensation. Owing to our years of experience in dealing with railroad accidents, we are aware of all federal rules and regulations that govern U.S. railroads. At the same time, we are aware of how expert consultation can aid our clients' efforts at seeking justice. Therefore, you may consider speaking with us in order to understand the remedies that we can offer.