Montana Train Accidents Attorneys with Proven Results
Our firm has the resources and experience to navigate the complexities of railroad crossing accidents and take cases to trial against the nation’s largest railroads.
Hoyt & Blewett PLLC’s head partner Alexander (Zander) Blewett III is a train accident lawyer who has received national recognition for his advocacy of injured individuals and families by organizations such as the Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America which described him as “[a]mong the nation’s top railroad attorneys” and a “preeminent plaintiffs’ lawyer who tracks down the railroads and makes them pay.”
Our firm has obtained numerous substantial personal injury and wrongful death verdicts on behalf of commercial motorists, pedestrians, ordinary drivers and their families who have been injured in Montana railroad crossing accidents.
- Redwolf v. BN ~ $250,000,000.00 (Railroad crossing accident on the Crow Reservation involving a car/train collision)
- Herold v. BN ~ $9,790,000.00 (North Dakota railroad crossing accident involving a cattle truck/train collision)
- Dorn v. BNSF ~ $7,008,000.00 (Railroad crossing accident near Billings involving a grain truck/train collision)
- Janssen v. BN ~ $1,097,197.96
- Marshall v. BN ~ $825,000.00
- Bergen v. BN ~ $270,000.00
These results, which include some of the largest railroad crossing jury verdicts in Montana, have sent a strong message to the railroad industry that it must take safety seriously when conducting business in our state.
Proving a railroad accident claim
In order to prevail in a railroad crossing accident case, it is necessary to prove that the railroad was negligent in causing the collision. This means that the railroad must have acted without reasonable care. Often times train accidents are caused by improperly designed intersections, obstructed views, excessive train speed, equipment defects, inadequate signage or train operator error, fatigue and/or failure to follow safety protocol. Train accidents involve very strong forces and are incredibly destructive. Due to the massive size and weight of trains, even trains that move at slower speeds are capable of causing catastrophic damage and death. When railroad crossing accidents occur, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to conduct a thorough investigation to determine all causes of the accident.
Do I need a train accident attorney?
Railroad accident law is a very complicated practice area which is governed by a hodgepodge of federal and state laws. The railroad industry has successfully lobbied Congress and federal agencies to preempt many state regulations which were designed to protect the public from the dangers of train accidents. Despite the preemption of such laws, train accident victims can still pursue claims and seek justice in Montana courts against negligent railroads which caused these accidents.
Given the complexity of the laws governing Montana railroad accidents and the vigor with which railroads defend these cases, it is critical that you hire an experienced law firm with a proven record of standing up to the largest railroads in the country and who is experienced with the pertinent federal regulations that govern train crashes. If you have been injured or suffered the loss of a family member in a train accident in Montana, please contact our train accident lawyers today for a free consultation.