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Railroad Crossing Accidents
Railroad Crossing Accidents

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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.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a railroad crossing accident, please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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.

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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