Train Accidents

Montana Train Accident Lawyer

At Hoyt & Blewett PLLC, we understand how to handle railroad crossing accidents against entities such as Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, Montana Rail Link and Amtrak. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a train crash in Montana or a possible death following a train wreck, derailment or other train accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the railroad.

Injured in a train accident? Don't hesitate. Call us today at (406) 233-1302!

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, including:

  • 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.

Representing Victims of Amtrak Accidents in Montana

Amtrak is one of the leading train companies in America – and one of the leading methods of transportation for interstate domestic travel and freight shipping. Unfortunately, Amtrak has come under scrutiny in recent years due to continuing problems with train safety. In 2018, USA Today reported that the Amtrak Montana train crashes had significantly increased from 2008 to 2017. In 2020, an Amtrak train even killed a man and seriously injured several Amtrak passengers in Roosevelt County, Montana.

Some of the Amtrak statistics reported by the Federal Railroad Administration:

  • Accident rate per million train miles grew from 41.1 to 58.8
  • Trespasser deaths grew from 70 to 103 per year
  • Number of accident fatalities increased from 119 to 167

Often caused by negligence at the corporate or individual level, train accidents tend to require complex and lengthy investigations to determine what went wrong. When you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in an Amtrak train crash, you need to have an experienced attorney who has brought – and won – similar cases against a major transportation company.

How Do Train Accidents Commonly Occur?

Train accidents can occur for a variety of reasons - most often when cars try to beat the train at crossings. It is common for passengers, drivers, and some passersby to be involved in these accidents.

There are several causes of train accidents, including:

  • Equipment failure
  • Negligence
  • Cars stalled on the track
  • Derailments
  • Human error
  • Suicides
  • Negligent pedestrians and reckless drivers
  • High-speed trains
  • Damaged tracks
  • Unprotected railroad crossings

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 Montana train accident lawyer 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.

Make sure to check out our client testimonials as well as our case results and see what other people are saying.

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.


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