Commercial Truck / Train Collisions

Truck and Train Wreck Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide

Railroad crossing accidents in which a train hits a truck can cause tremendous damage and injuries. There were more than 500 train-truck collisions in the United States in 2005, and many resulted in deaths and catastrophic injuries such as brain injury and spinal cord injury. If a railroad company or employee is in any way responsible for a collision, the truck driver or passenger deserves compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other resulting expenses.

Our attorneys have not only the experience and know-how but also the desire to get compensation for victims of a truck vs. train accidents. Each year the trucking industry hauls more freight across the country, keeping the nation running. Unprotected and obstructed railroad crossings can be especially hazardous to truckers. When the railroad fails to trim trees or remove other obstructions that hinder a driver’s sight, crossing the railroad tracks can be a harrowing experience. Trucks move across the tracks more slowly than most vehicles, which makes avoiding a collision with a train even harder. Truckers should not have to worry about dangerous crossings, but because of the railroad industry’s negligence, their worries often become realities.

Helping Truckers Who are Victims of Railroad Accidents

COMMERCIAL TRUCK / TRAIN COLLISIONS | Train Accident LawyersAt Pottroff & Karlin, LLC, our lawyers have helped numerous people in more than 25 years of practice. We are especially well known for our work in railroad crossing accident cases and have won many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. In one truck and train wreck case, head lawyer Robert Pottroff represented a tow truck driver who was injured by a moving train while towing another vehicle off the tracks. The jury awarded our client a verdict of $10 million (see more of our past cases).

  • This was one of the far too many instances in which the railroad tried to shift the responsibility of maintaining a safe crossing to someone else.

More on Semi Truck and Railroad Accident Law

COMMERCIAL TRUCK / TRAIN COLLISIONS | Train Accident LawyersTrucking and transportation liability cases involve a complicated group of laws and large amounts of evidence. Because the industry is heavily regulated, an accident involving a truck is significantly more complex than an automobile accident case. Consequently, you need a lawyer who has the experience and specialized knowledge to lead the investigation into the cause of the accident and to help you collect the maximum amount allowed under the law. Additionally, our lawyers are conversant in every aspect of railroad law, which is similar to learning a foreign language. Full mastery of railroad laws and regulations is a foundational predicate to understanding railroad liability issues, and our lawyers have dedicated 100% of their practice to cases involving these laws and regulations.

  • Our years of practice have resulted in our access to many experts in a variety of specialty areas related to truck and train accident litigation. This access and expertise enhance our ability to maximize recovery for our clients.

Contact Us

COMMERCIAL TRUCK / TRAIN COLLISIONS | Train Accident LawyersIf you have questions or if you want to set up a free initial consultation about your situation, please contact our lawyers. We are a small firm, so our attorneys are almost always available for one-on-one contact, and we have taken cases in states across the country, from coast to coast. In fact, out-of-state attorneys frequently consult our firm for our expertise on railroad crossing accidents, which often leads us to co-counsel with them. This joint effort allows our clients to have both local representation from their home state and our unique knowledge of railroad liability issues.

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Train crash cases are unique and complex with many different potential pitfalls, such as federal preemption. Anytime I get hired or even get a call from a train crash victim, my very first call is to Nathan’s firm. Nathan’s knowledge and experience in handling and trying cases against these litigation savvy railroad companies gives me the confidence to know that the clients and cases I refer to him are getting the best of the best.

James PerrinLubbock, Texas

I have had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Nathan on several railroad crossing accidents cases. In each case, Nathan always possessed an incredible knowledge of the law and the facts, possessed a great talent for aggressive - strategic legal planning and trial tactics while, at the same time, displaying great skill as an effective negotiator. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Scott McCluenHarriman, Tennessee

Nathan Karlin has my strongest endorsement in the field of railroad crossing cases and personal injury law. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan in a complex railroad personal injury case. I was impressed by Nathan’s knowledge, his work ethic, and his dedication to the client. I look forward to working with Nathan on future injury matters. I am also aware firsthand that he has obtained excellent trial and settlement results in numerous cases involving members of the public harmed by railroad companies.

Joseph M. MillerMandeville, Louisiana

Nathan is a warrior fighting the railroads. As a fellow personal injury lawyer, I have constantly been impressed with his depth of knowledge and his capabilities from case to case. I’d take him into battle with me any day against the biggest railroads and insurance companies on the planet.

Jon C. ClarkAustin, Texas

Bob Pottroff has fought for the victims of the railroads’ callous disregard for safety more than any other attorney that I know. I should know because I am currently Chair-elect of the Railroad Section of ATLA.

Robert SchuetzeBoulder, Colorado

Mr. Pottroff has shaken the rail industry to its very roots. Settlements are now more common as a result of the way he has exposed the industry’s wrongdoing.

Mike EasleyArkansas

Bob Pottroff’s work in railroad safety law is unmatched and he has been the source of great advice and phenomenal creativity.

Roger BrownJefferson City, Missouri

In addition to his substantive contributions to railroad grade crossing safety, I have personally observed his untiring efforts and contributions to improving the integrity of the legal system.

Elizabeth HardyLake Charles, Louisiana