Train accident reconstruction and FELA & railroad litigation

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Your ability to reconstruct or litigate a train accident can mean the difference between a successful or failed case. However, even experienced reconstructionists and attorneys are often unfamiliar with the myriad complexities of railroad operations and trains. Now, whether you are a novice or an experienced litigator, you can access a wealth of information in this ground-breaking text. In fact, much of the data and formulae are available here exclusively, saving you hours of tedious calculations and research.

Now in its fourth edition, this book is one of the most comprehensive texts in the field of railroad accidents. It contains a new section on remote control locomotive operations (RCL) and remote control operators (RCO), and helps you answer the question, is the "black box" and "appurtenance" causing strict liability under the Locomotive Inspection Act? The book also has updated information on grade crossing litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal pre-emption versus federal preclusion in FELA cases (an area in which many attorneys and courts err). With a subject as demanding and complex as train accidents, this book is an important tool to have on your side.
Topics Include: · remote control operations · event recorder analysis · FELA negligence claims · locomotive, railroad car, and RR track design · grade-crossing design, performance, and litigation · patron or employee slips, trips, and falls · audibility and visual issues at rail-highway grade crossings · derailments · demonstrative evidence in railroad litigation · forensic analysis of train collisions · locomotive cab safety and crashworthiness · breaking system design and performance · motor vehicle and human factors · speed, time, and distance calculations · pedestrian Accidents · Americans with Disabilities Act · third party liability issues · FELA compensation and benefits

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William Jungbauer is President of the law firm of Yaeger, Jungbauer, Barczak & Vucinovich, LLP. The firm has been in existence representing injured railroad workers and their families for over seventy-five years. Bill is fifty-one years old, is married to Janet Jungbauer and lives in the Twin Cities area. Bill has been with the Yaeger, Jungbauer et al. firm for twenty-six years. He is admitted to numerous state and federal courts around the country including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He and his firm have attained the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service. Bill is Designated Legal Counsel for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen of the IBT. He was elected and served as national chairman of the Designated Legal Counsel of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for three years. He was elected chairman of the Railroad Law Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). He has handled railroad cases from Florida to Seattle, Maine to California and most points between with virtually every major railroad in the country. He has lectured to attorneys at seminars and at law schools from coast to coast on the subject of railroad law and litigation.

James R. Loumiet, President of James R. Loumiet & Associates, Inc. in Independence, Missouri is a nationally-renowned accident reconstruction consultant and expert for both railroad and highway accidents. Since 1986, Mr. Loumiet has been researching the reconstruction and analysis of collisions involving trains, highway vehicles, and pedestrians. He has actively published in these areas and some of his work has received national attention. Mr. Loumiet has also participated in braking and crash tests involving trains and highway vehicles and he has developed several computer programs to analyze train and vehicle performance during collisions and braking. Mr. Loumiet received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988. He has consulted on hundreds of transportation accident cases in litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants and he has testified as an expert in federal, state, and local courts across the U.S. Mr. Loumiet is a charter member and past advisory board member of the National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators and is also a member of several other professional organizations. He is also an associate of Railroad Litigation Experts with members across the U.S.

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