Railroad Accidents

The lawyers of Gilloon, Wright & Hamel, P.C. practice personal injury law involving railroad accidents all over the State of Iowa. Call or email us now and one of our experienced attorneys would be happy to answer any questions you have and talk about helping you with your Iowa train accident case.

Train-related accidents tend to result in very serious injuries. Because of the huge size disparity between a train and an automobile, even a low speed collision can cause very serious injuries or death.


Iowa law generally requires railroads to exercise the same standard of care as a reasonably prudent person would do so under the circumstances. Railroad accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, such as:

  • Problems with crossing signals.

  • Fatigue of drivers and other train personnel.

  • The inability to stop a train quickly because of its large size.

  • Negligence by auto drivers that attempt to "beat the train" can lead to serious injuries to their passengers.

  • Train derailments that can lead to widespread injuries and damages.

  • Children or other pedestrians on and around the train tracks.

  • Train equipment failures.

  • Defective tracks.

  • Dangerous loads.

Depending on the facts of the case, the potential defendants in a train accident case could include:

  • The private company or public agency that owns and operates the train.

  • The private company or government entity that owns or controls the tracks at the scene of the accident.

  • If equipment failures contributed to the accident the manufacturer of the engine, cars, warning devices, or other equipment may be liable for damages.

The railroad industry is heavily regulated by federal law. Defendants in railroad cases can sometimes avoid liability by arguing and proving that they have complied with federal law, even if such regulations are not sufficient to protect the injured parties.

Therefore, it is very important to use qualified experts to analyze whether or not there is a good liability case. Qualified experts can help determine and show the areas in which the railroad was negligent that are not protected by compliance with inadequate federal standards.


Call or email us now, and our lawyers will be happy to talk to you about your Iowa railroad accident case, and answer your questions without charge or obligation.