Train Injury

Dangerous Railroad Crossings

by Mike Rainwater | October 23rd, 2015


Each railroad company has a duty to provide an adequate sight-triangle at all of its railroad crossings. An inadequate sight triangle at a railroad grade crossing renders the crossing defective, unreasonably dangerous, and deadly … and subjects the railroad company to liability for injury or death caused by a train/vehicle collision.

What is the Sight-Triangle? The sight-triangle is the triangle formed by the distance along the roadway from the roadway vehicle to the crossing, the distance along the tracks from the train to the crossing, and the distance along a sight-line from the roadway vehicle to the train.

The Size of the Sight-Triangle Depends on the Normal Speeds: The track speed limit and the roadway speed limit are both important variables in determining if the sight-triangle was adequate for the crossing, because the size of the required sight-triangle will depend upon the normal speed of the approaching train and the normal speed of the approaching roadway vehicle, since a greater stopping distance is required for greater speed.

Obstruction of Sight-Line is a Breach of Railroad Duty: Either a temporary (e.g., vegetation) or a permanent (e.g., pond levee) obstruction along the sight-line from the location of the approaching train to the location of the approaching highway vehicle can limit the field of view and cause a collision which is the fault of the railroad and a breach of the railroad company’s duty to highway motorists.

The Vehicle Driver Cannot Perceive the Danger by Roadway: Without an adequate sight-triangle, the driver of a roadway vehicle approaching a railroad grade crossing is not able to see a train far enough along the tracks to have time to react to its presence and stop the highway vehicle before entering the crossing.

The Railroad Company Knows the Danger: Track speed and roadway speed determine the size of the needed sight-triangle.  Since the railroad company knows the track speed, the normal highway vehicle speed, and the geometry of its crossing, the railroad company can calculate the sight-triangle needed for any particular crossing. The railroad company is, therefore, responsible for providing an adequate sight-triangle and for keeping that designed sight-triangle unobstructed, so that approaching motorists can safely cross the track while driving on the highway.

Help prevent an innocent person from being killed at a railroad grade crossing.  Report any obstructions of the designed sight-triangle and demand the railroad company to immediately cure any known sight-triangle violation.

Campaigns to Eliminate Distracted Driving in Arkansas

by rhs | January 23rd, 2012

January 23, 2012

A new campaign called The Great Hang Up is sweeping across the country The aim of the program is to eliminate distracted driving accidents caused by talking and texting on cell phones on America’s highways. According to Arkansas’s THV 11 News, the campaign asks that drivers sign a pledge to not operate a cell phone while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

To participate, sign a pledge sheet and keep it in your car as a reminder to the promise you have made yourself. Then, stay focused behind the wheel by following the sheet’s simple distraction eliminating guidelines.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is also trying to bolster efforts to end distracted driving by creating their own campaign called Faces of Distracted Driving. The group has created a website with videos that show the impact distracted driving accidents have on ordinary people and their families.

While Arkansas legislators are pushing for better laws to protect motorists from distracted driving, thousands will still be hurt or killed in the state until the ramifications of the accidents the activity can cause are understood by a majority of citizens.

This is why the Arkansas distracted driving accident lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to urge drivers to take a closer look at both of these programs and think about participating. Reducing the risks that distractions impose on drivers is the simplest way to eradicate a growing problem that could leave you injured.

Train derails near northern Arkansas town

by rhs | May 1st, 2011

GUION, Ark. (AP) – Officials are investigating what caused a train to derail near a north-central Arkansas town, injuring two engineers.

Izard County Emergency Management Director Bill Beebe says a Missouri and Northern Arkansas train derailed about 2:05 p.m. Wednesday in a remote area near Guion. Beebe said Thursday two engineers on board the train were treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital.

Arkansas auto accident with train kills driver

by rhs | April 6th, 2011

March 31, 2011

Usually when we hear about train accidents, the driver was negligent: they failed to see flashing signs or the guard gate, and sometimes drivers are impaired, leading them to misjudge distance of a train. However, that was not the case in an Arkansas auto accident involving a train that killed a man.

According to the Southwest Times Record, a 60-year-old man died after a box car from a train jumped the track, rolled, and landed on the man’s car while stopped at the railroad crossing in the Arkansas auto accident.

The cause for the box car jumping the track in the Arkansas auto accident is unknown at present and could take months to determine.

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Man Killed by Boxcar

by rhs | March 21st, 2011

A man was killed Sunday evening when a boxcar that jumped the tracks at a crossing in Wrightsville fell over and landed on a vehicle that had stopped at the crossing, authorities said.

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Woman dies in Arkansas train accident

by rhs | November 11th, 2010

November 11, 2010

There are many safety methods used to alert drivers and pedestrians at railroad crossings. Unfortunately, one woman who was walking along railroad tracks died as the result of an Arkansas train accident, despite any safety measures that may have been in place.

According to FOX 16, a 58-year-old woman died as the result of an Arkansas train accident.

The Arkansas train accident occurred when the engineer saw the woman walking along the tracks at an intersection but could not stop before striking her. Police continue to investigate.

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Have you ever been injured in an Arkansas train accident? Tell the Arkansas train accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton Injury Lawyers about your injuries.

Four escape Arkansas train accident

by rhs | February 4th, 2010

February 4, 2010

According to Arkansas News, four people escaped an Arkansas train accident when the school van they were riding in was struck by an oncoming train.

The 68-year-old driver of the van and three children had to be helped to safety when the van became stuck at the crossing, causing the Arkansas train accident.

No one was injured as a result of the Arkansas train accident. As a result of the crash, oil and radiator fluid spilled and the tracks had to close until the spill was cleaned up.

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The Arkansas train injury lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help if you were injured in a train accident.

Arkansas train accident injures several

by rhs | September 3rd, 2009

September 3, 2009

An Arkansas train accident sent several people to the hospital Wednesday morning, according to Fox16.

The Arkansas train accident occurred when a car tried to out run a train across a railroad crossing and was hit by the train.

Several people had to be cut from the car and sent to the hospital, though they were believed to have suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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The Arkansas train injury attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help if you were injured in a train accident.

Arkansas train accident kills one

by rhs | July 30th, 2009

July 30, 2009

An Arkansas train accident killed one person, according to Fox16.

The Arkansas train accident occurred Friday night when a train hit a car.

The driver of the car, a 77-year-old man, died as a result of the Arkansas train accident. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

No one on the train suffered Arkansas train injuries as a result of the accident.

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The Arkansas train injury lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help if you were injured in a train accident.

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