A Waterloo man is suing Union Pacific railroad after approaching a double-track railroad crossing while one train was traveling north and the other south.

He stopped for the first train but didn’t see the second one according to his father.

The lawsuit states some specifics about the railroad grade crossing that could have made this particularly crossing dangerous:

  • about 40 trains were traveling through the crossing each day traveling up to 70 miles per hour.
  • The “uncontrolled” crossing had no gates or arms that went down or signal lights that warned drivers of approaching trains.
  • The crossing was significantly elevated above the surrounding terrain, and the road leading to it had a steep uphill grade
  • The grade made it difficult for people traveling west to see approaching southbound trains.
  • Union Pacific land northeast of the crossing had overgrown vegetation that obstructed the line of sight to southbound trains.

All of these factors combined can be a recipe for disaster.

In a case like this with so many different factors and multiple defendants it can be important to your case to hire an experienced FELA attorney who has a thorough understanding of FELA laws.

This railroad grade crossing accident may have been avoidable if it had warning gates and flashing lights, keeping both the driver and railroad engineer safe.

If you or a loved one has been involved in railroad crossing accident, you can contact an experienced FELA attorney at Groves Powers LLC offering high quality legal services. Contact Us.

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