Three fatal train accidents along U.S. 31 in Southern Indiana in less than a year raises serious questions for those agencies and companies who are responsible. Last Friday a fatal train accident in Jeffersonville, Indiana cost one woman her life and sent another person to University Hospital.
This is the second crash at the train crossing in the 2000 block of Coopers Lane in less than 4 years. A safety study conducted after the last accident concluded additional lights and two crossing arms were to be installed at the intersection. These improvements have not been installed to date, and the family of the victims may have a few questions.
Many local motorists find it difficult to turn down Coopers Lane and to make sure one is clear of the tracks. The failure to install the recommended additional lighting and crossing gates may have cost a local woman her life. Reports indicate CSX has increased the speeds of trains through the area recently from 25 miles per hour to 40.
The legal doctrine of “Sovereign Immunity” means some state and government entities are immune from prosecution or a civil wrongful death lawsuit. However, if the State is responsible it may be possible for the families to seek financial damages for the loss of their loved one or injuries sustained, but it is a complex legal process and the proper forms must be filed within a certain time period.
This is why it is important to speak to the experienced accident and injury attorneys at Hargadon, Lenihan & Herrington, PLLC (HLH) after a railroad accident resulting in injuries or a fatality. We provide sound advice to the family and work to hold responsible parties financially accountable.
There is no cost to the family out of pocket as we offer a free consultation, and when we take a case we are paid on a “contingency fee” basis. We invite you to contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 for your free consultation with a highly experienced and proven railroad injury attorney.
Three fatal train accidents along U.S. 31 in Southern Indiana in less than a year is three too many. We encourage all motorists to exercise additional caution when approaching a railroad crossing.