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By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

Car and Train Accident Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide

Motor Vehicles/ Train Collisions | PottroffIn the United States, there are around 3000 car and train crashes every year. A railroad company will most likely blame the car’s driver; but often, it is largely their own fault. However, it takes a lawyer with extensive experience in railroad crossing accident cases to thoroughly investigate a train and car wreck and discover the fault. At Pottroff & Karlin, LLC, we are known for our work in car and train accidents across the United States and have gained national and international recognition for the many settlements and verdicts we have gained. For all potential clients, we offer free initial consultations and do any later work on contingency, charging no attorneys’ fees until a settlement or verdict is reached. Contact our train accident lawyers.

More on Auto Accident Law

Motor Vehicles/ Train Collisions | PottroffStates have varying laws regarding automobile accidents. However, most states fall into two main categories, no-fault and at-fault.



  • No-Fault states design their laws so that each person involved in an accident is responsible for his or her own loss. Approximately 50% of states employ such laws.
  • The fault does come into play in some of these states under certain circumstances such as severe injury, in which a jury may attribute fault to one party. A driver may also be at fault because s/he has broken the law, i.e., drunk driving. In at-fault states, the driver responsible for causing the accident is also liable for damages to the other party. It is much easier for a jury to assign fault in these states. The rules of fault apply to a wide range of auto accidents, including fatal car accidents, cars hit at railroad grade crossings, etc. Fault laws are crucial because they determine who pays for the medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, etc. that results from accidents.

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Motor Vehicle/Train Collisions | PottroffIf you believe you have a case, please contact our lawyers and set up a free initial consultation. From law offices in Manhattan, Kansas, the law firm of Pottroff & Karlin, LLC serves clients in Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita, and across the country. In cases involving car and train accidents, our lawyers have served clients in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, North Dakota, and Iowa – 23 states and counting.


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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 Perrin Lubbock, 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 McCluen Harriman, 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. Miller Mandeville, 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. Clark Austin, 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 Schuetze Boulder, 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 Easley Arkansas

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

Roger Brown Jefferson 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 Hardy Lake Charles, Louisiana

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