Railroad Crossing Accidents
Virginia Crossing Accident Attorneys
The Hampton Roads area and all of Virginia is filled with both private and public railroad crossings. Many of these crossings lack important safety features to properly warn people of an oncoming train. Railroad crossings are made all the more dangerous when equipment malfunctions or a conductor fails to give proper warning. In the railroad accidents that inevitably follow, people can be seriously injured or killed.
Railroad Crossing Negligence
Railroad companies and their contractors can be held liable for negligence in a number of circumstances. Some common examples of railroad crossing negligence include:
- Malfunctioning equipment (e.g. lights and gates)
- Too much foliage, blocking a proper view of oncoming trains
- Poor track maintenance
- The conductor’s failure to blow a horn or otherwise warn of an approaching train
If it can be proven that the railroad company did not do everything possible to avoid a railroad accident, you can seek compensation for all of the financial, physical, and emotional losses you suffered as a result of your injury.
Experienced Virginia Railroad Crossing Accident Attorneys
Railroad companies have access to powerful attorneys and financial resources. In order to protect their interests, they will attempt to drastically reduce the amount of compensation they owe you, or else find a way to deny your claim entirely.
In order to effectively fight a railroad company, you need the help of an experienced lawyer who is familiar with railroad laws and the various forms of negligence that can directly lead to accidents. Our Virginia crossing accident attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of total experience in Virginia personal injury law. We know the tricks used by the big rail companies, such as hiding or changing the video and electronic data recorders that show crashes. We can help you build a strong case to hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
Our lawyers have an office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News, representing injured victims throughout Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, and the Hampton Roads area. (Please be sure to schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach, Hampton, Chesapeake and Newport News locations.) John Cooper is also licensed to practice in West Virginia and North Carolina. We will come to you wherever the tracks run.