Minot Railroad Accident Lawyer
Railroad Crossing Accidents • Train Wreck Chemical Spills
Collecting rightful damages from a railroad accident requires a lawyer who understands the rail industry, federal laws and the history of such accidents, and a lawyer who has knowledge of the local geography. Larson Law Firm of Minot, North Dakota, has secured compensation on behalf of many train accident victims.
The personal injury attorney at our law firm offers more than 30 years of experience. Known for his aggressive and thorough approach, Mark Larson represents railroad accident victims throughout North Dakota and northwest Minnesota:
- Railroad crossing accidents resulting in serious injury or death
- Train derailments resulting in health effects from toxic chemical leaks
On Jan. 18, 2002, a Canadian Pacific train derailed on the outskirts of Minot, resulting in the largest anhydrous ammonia spill in U.S. history. Larson Law Firm represented the largest number of individually filed cases and resolved many of them ahead of similar claims handled by other attorneys. We recovered substantial settlements for local residents who suffered permanent eye injuries, severe chemical burns, and asthma and respiratory disorders. The settlements relied on evidence that Canadian Pacific's lightest stretch of track ran through Minot and that the railroad track was not properly maintained or upgraded since a previous derailment and spill in the same vicinity.
We have also litigated personal injuries or wrongful death claims arising from car-train collisions at controlled or uncontrolled crossings. Attorney Mark Larson consults investigators familiar with railroad accidents or visits accident scenes themselves to prove the railroad's negligence:
- Failure to warn (blowing horn at a specified distance)
- Failure to maintain crossing arms or lights
- Failure to clear brush and trees obstructing the victim's view
We obtain the railway company's "black box" records, which provide critical information on the train's speed, how far from the crossing the initial horn blew, and whether the horn blew again or brakes were applied in the moments before impact.
Larson Law Firm has demonstrated credentials in these accidents. Contact our experienced attorneys by e-mail or toll-free at (877) 641-3846 to discuss your personal injury claim. We offer free initial consultations at our law office location Minot, North Dakota.