Our firm is located in the beautiful Mississippi River Valley. Unfortunately, most of the river towns in both Minnesota and Wisconsin have railroad tracks carrying from 25 to 50 trains a day through their communities. While various Federal laws attempt to limit an injured family’s rights to pursue claims against the railroads, we are able to help explain a family’s options in cases involving either car/train or pedestrian/train injuries. While cases against the railroads are difficult and rarely successful, a careful analysis of the case is important. Often, a car passenger injured by a train is able to recover from the negligent driver of the car they were in. Occasionally, in Minnesota Cases the person injured by the train can recover from a bar or liquor store if an illegal sale of alcohol caused the driver of their car to collide with a train. Illegal sales of alcohol include: 1) sales to minors, 2) after-hours sales, 3) sales to a non-member of a club and/or 4) the sale of alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated. These “dram shop” cases are difficult and require prompt and thorough investigation.