Arnold & Itkin attorneys Noah Wexler and Ben Bireley recently filed suit for a family against Kansas City Southern Railway Company after a railroad crossing accident claimed a mother's life and seriously injured her son and sister.
According to reports, the locomotive failed to properly use its horn before proceeding through the crossing, violently striking the family's passenger vehicle and dragging it hundreds of feet down the track. The mother was killed in the collision, and her son and sister were catastrophically injured. The accident happened at night, and the crossing did not have lights or guardrails.
Railroad crossing accidents are the most common and most deadly of all train collisions. In 2020, in spite of decreased rail traffic from COVID-19 closures, there were 1,901 highway-rail grade crossing incidents reported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 167 people were killed in these accidents and 616 were injured. Accidents like these happen when crossings are not properly marked or guarded or when an oncoming train fails to signal its approach. Some also involve trespassers or others who should not be on the tracks, but this was not the case for this family. The train should have signaled its arrival and the crossing should have been fitted with working guardrails and lights.
Our train accident lawyers filed this lawsuit in Kansas City, Missouri, where the rail company is based. We are dedicated to representing this family and helping them seek justice after this tragedy.