Davis, Bethune & Jones Settles Railroad Crossing Case for Record $12.5 Million

Davis, Bethune & Jones negotiated a $12.5 million settlement with Union Pacific Railroad on behalf of a motorist hit by a train at a railroad crossing. It was the largest railroad crossing settlement in the history of the state of Arkansas.

As a result of the collision, Lee Johnson, 44, suffered permanent brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, and is permanently disabled from working. His wife of 23 years and 15-year-old daughter were killed in the crash.

“Union Pacific refuses to evaluate crossings and spend its own money to install lights and automatic gates,” said attorney Thomas C. Jones of DBJ. “Their policy is that it’s always the motorist’s fault.”

A review of the accident history at the crossing showed at least 28 serious crashes over the last 40 years. Union Pacific was aware of the previous accidents and dangers motorists faced at the crossing, yet chose to do nothing. Trees still blocked the view at the crossing and flashing lights did not provide enough warning.

“This was one of the worst crossings I’ve ever seen, which never should’ve been left in the condition it was,” Jones said.

Please call Davis, Bethune & Jones today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.

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