Train Accident Reconstruction and FELA and Railroad Litigation

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Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2005 - Law - 539 pages
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In Train Accident Reconstruction and FELA and Railroad Litigation you get the facts you need from the nation's leading authorities. Even experienced accident reconstructionists 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 groundbreaking text. In fact, much of the data and formulas are available here exclusively, saving you hours of tedious calculations and research. The first half of the book gives you the thorough grounding you need in railroad operation and train accident reconstruction. Its sixteen concise chapters were written by James R. Loumiet, the industry's acknowledged technical expert. You'll start with the basics of railroad track structure, and progress to the design and operation of locomotives and railroad cars, braking performance, motor vehicle and human factors, and other vital facts. Of particular value are the numerous formulae presented that are commonly used by experts. You'll understand how to perform your own calculations, and learn how to probe the conclusions reached by opposing experts. The second half of the book was written by William G. Jungbauer, the past president of the Railroad Law Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Its twelve chapters are an excellent resource that will give you an edge - both in time spent doing research and later in litigation. You can quickly access case law on all Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) subjects, sample summary judgment motions on Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) and Federal Boiler Inspection Act (FBIA) cases, sample interrogatories, discussions of grade crossing litigation and much more.With a subject as demanding and complex as train accidents, it's an important tool to have on your side. TOPICS INCLUDE Audibility issues at rail-highway grade crossings Demonstrative evidence in railroad litigation Derailments Forensic analysis of train collisions Locomotive cab safety and crashworthiness Patron slips, trips and falls Pedestrians and pedestrian-accident countermeasures Rail-highway grade crossing safety Railroad harassment of claimants and witnesses Railroad safety laws Slack action effects Train braking performance Visibility issues at rail-highway grade crossings FELA compensation and railroad benefits Locomotive, railroad car, and railroad track design Motor vehicle and human factors Train speed, time and distance calculations Train accident reconstruction

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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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