Rodney Bolin Dies After Being Struck By Train in Cawood, Kentucky

Robert Bolin of Evarts, Kentucky died yesterday morning(July 2, 2013) after a CSX train struck his pick up truck on the driver side at a crossing near Cawood, Kentucky. The accident occurred at around 10:30am on Sunday morning when the 44-year-old Bolin was attempting to drive across the train tracks located off KY 987 between the cities of Smith and Cawood. Bolin's 9-year-old son, Braxton, was in the passenger side of the truck. Both father and son were airlifted to a level 1 trauma center in Tennessee. Braxton Bolin remains in critical but stable condition. Eyewitness accounts claimed that no visible safety equipment was readily available at the crash cite. An investigation is underway, but no new details have been released. 

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Legal Commentary - Majed Nachawati - Author

When it comes to train collisions and train accidents, it is difficult to understand why such an accident occurred in the first place. The first thing an observer would ask would be if the guard rails were working properly. If we assume that the driver was not trying to beat the train, why weren't the proper precautions taken at this particular intersection? Eyewitnesses claim that the intersection did not appear safe. Where the safety arms, flashing, or bells not working? If eyewitnesses are correct, this could have been an easily preventable accident and both father and son would be safe at home.

The family of Mr. Bolin and other individuals and families involved in train accidents may feel that they have no recourse after such a loss, but that is not true. It is important that those involved immediately find legal counsel to represent them in any potential claims. Both the city and the train company have an obligation and a responsibility to ensure that proper safety precautions are taken and put into place, especially at busy intersections.

Drivers and pedestrians should never feel that they are ever in danger at a train intersection. An attorney will be able to step in and make sure that the proper investigation is conducted and that the party at fault is held responsible for their negligent actions now and for implementing the proper precautions in the future. Mr. Bolin and his family may seek compensation from either entity for his unnecessary death and the severe injuries suffered by his son Braxton. While a monetary compensation cannot make up for the loss of a loved one, it may provide Braxton a sense of security for the future.


About the Author: 

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, 18 -wheeler accidents, and product liability claims.  Mr. Nachawati is a former judicial law clerk who has settled and tried numerous lawsuits to verdict, resulting in large recoveries for his personal injury clients. That's why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases across the nation and has clients in every state. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at or by telephone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at his Super Lawyers Profile. 

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