Johnson Co, MO (March 31, 2021) – An investigation is being conducted regarding a fatal accident between a car and a train.
The collision took place at about 3:50 p.m. when a man’s car was struck by a train as it attempted to cross the railroad tracks on Waverly Road in the area of US-56.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the train pushed the car nearly a half-mile before coming to a stop in the 400 block of South Poplar Street.
The victim remains unidentified.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Railway Crossing Fatalities in Johnson County
The state of Missouri hosts 1,541 miles of Union Pacific track, as well as two of its largest rail centers in St. Louis and Kansas City. Kansas City also has a major Union Pacific freight classification yard, with six rail lines uniting from all four directions.
Although Union Pacific claims that safety is its top priority, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis reports that there were 2,519 recorded railroad fatalities and injuries nationwide in just the five-month window from January 1, 2020, to May 31, 2020. 346 of these accidents involved Union Pacific and 65 of them resulted in a fatality.
Accidents that take place at highway-railway crossings have the highest rate, approximately 300 to 400, of annual train-related fatalities. Someone is liable for every single train crossing accident, including those responsible for track maintenance, crossing signal maintenance, and the upkeep of the roadways that lead to the tracks.
Railway crossing collisions stem from multiple possible causes, such as faulty crossing signals, like those with no lights, no gates, and overgrown shrubbery, all of which make an approaching train difficult to see. It is essential to document the crash site before the railroad company has a chance to clear the scene. It is up to them to make sure that the warning devices are clearly visible and in proper working order.
In rural areas, a train neglecting to sound its horn could result in an accident, particularly at crossings with no gate. A lot of railroad crossings only have crossbucks or lights. Obstructed sightlines make the train or the crossing itself hard to see. In some instances, private crossings are upheld by a property owner instead of the railroad company.
When victims are killed in collisions, they often leave behind friends and family that are devastated. In some cases, families can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Missouri to get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Working with a skilled and knowledgeable legal team can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward after experiencing the loss of a loved one.
Our team at Peterson & Associates P.C. will help you to understand the legal options available to you in the aftermath of a car accident. Our car accident attorneys in Kansas City strive to help our clients maximize their recoveries so they can get the medical treatment they need without worry. Not only is it crucial that families are able to get full and fair compensation after losing loved ones in accidents caused by negligent drivers, but we are committed to helping them gain peace of mind in knowing they can move forward and overcome the challenges they face.
If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, and you would like to explore legal options available to you, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at 816-888-8888 as soon as possible to schedule a free case of evaluation to see how we can help you.
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