Train Versus Car: Not Your Typical Accident


A father and son’s weekday commute to school turned from typical to traumatic when their car collided with a train on the tracks of an Iowa crossing in Ogden. The crossing has markers but no crossing arms. Although the father apparently saw the train, which had two locomotives and 91 railcars, he couldn't stop in time to avoid a crash.

Train accidents often cause catastrophic injuries because of the train’s sheer size and momentum. Catastrophic injuries are those that cause severe, long-term effects. There were 1,704 train accidents in the United States in 2012, according to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis. While these accidents caused only nine fatalities, there were 283 catastrophic injuries.

Lawsuits involving train accidents tend to be more complex than regular car accidents because the government regulates railroad and train safety, which may create difficulty in determining liability. However, just like any other personal injury case, there are ways to prove negligence, and therefore fault.  Examples of negligent operation of trains include:

  • Speeding trains
  • Mechanical and electrical errors
  • Crossing signal malfunctions
  • Impaired operators or engineers

Catastrophic injuries are often tougher fights than an average personal injury case because the injuries often require large payouts by insurers. Our catastrophic injury lawyers in Minneapolis have the experience and knowledge to get you the compensation you need and deserve. Call Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC for a free consultation about your legal options.

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