An Oklahoma jury awarded $9.6 million to the family of a man killed at a BNSF Railway railroad crossing. BNSF’s negligence led to the dangerous conditions that directly caused the accident.
The BNSF train failed to blow its horn to warn drivers of its approach to the crossing. BNSF was also responsible for overgrown vegetation at the crossing, impeding motorists’ views of oncoming trains, and should have installed flashing lights and gates.
The jury awarded $14.8 million to the family to compensate them for their loss, and determined that BNSF was 65% at fault for the accident, resulting in a final award of $9.6 million.
“The Nye family brought this lawsuit to hold the railroad accountable for its actions and inactions,” DBJ attorney Grant L. Davis said. “The Nye family does not want this to happen to another family and hopes the verdict will make the company make safer choices at grade crossings.”
“We’re happy the jury held BNSF responsible for their actions by awarding this verdict,” Tom Jones, also of DBJ, said in a statement.
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