Family Awarded Almost $20 Million In Missouri Train Accident Lawsuit
Whether it’s a lack of warning systems, poor sight lines, or improper maintenance, there are numerous factors that can lead to accidents and collisions at railroad crossings.
The St. Louis train accident lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out that each of these factors my have contributed to an accident that claimed the life of a 53-year-old Missouri man.
A train struck the victim on October 20, 2012, as he attempted to drive his vehicle over tracks located on Stoddard County Road 470. The collision claimed the driver’s life, and his family later filed suit against the railway that operated the train and tracks involved. They claimed the crossing lacked lights or gates to warn drivers of oncoming trains and that overgrown vegetation in the area obscured motorists’ views. Furthermore, the plaintiffs argued the train’s operator should have seen the victim’s vehicle from a half-mile away due to the height at which the train sat.
According to FOX 2 NOW, a jury agreed with the family of the victim and awarded them $19 million in damages for their loss, along with compensation for other expenses.
At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, we recognized the difficulties that can accompany the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen accident. That’s why our St. Louis personal injury lawyers are hopeful the decision will bring a sense of peace and closure to the family of the victim.