Pearson v. CSX Transp., Inc. (Eleventh Circuit)
Plaintiffs’ son died following a collision between his vehicle and a CSX Transportation (CSXT) freight train at a railroad crossing. The plaintiffs brought a wrongful death action against CSXT, notwithstanding the uncontested evidence that the decedent had alcohol and cannabinoids in his system when he drove his car around the lowered gate of the railroad crossing and into the path of the oncoming train. The district court granted summary judgment to CSXT, given the incontrovertible evidence that the decedent was negligent and that the active warning systems at the crossing were working exactly as they should. We successfully defended the summary judgment before the Eleventh Circuit.