Robin Landes and her husband Willian are like thousands of other Delray
Beach visitors who enjoyed an ordinary night out on the town. Get a drink,
grab a great bite to eat, and head on over to Bru’s Room, a sports
restaurant on the northwest side of the Atlantic Ave railroad crossing.
But August 3rd was no ordinary night for the sweet Boca Raton couple.
In the early morning hours, while crossing the railroad tracks about 150
feet north of the railroad crossing walkway, Mrs. Landes was killed by
a passing train when she lost her footing on the tracks. Her husband William
witnessed her death after an unsuccessful attempt to save her life.
Unfortunately, this is an awful tragedy that is all too common in Palm
Beach County, and it is a problem that Florida East Coast Railway (FEC),
the owner of the railroad that runs along our coast, may be held responsible
Is the FEC liable in the death of Ms. Robin Landes, and others who have
been killed crossing the tracks?
It is possible that the FEC may be held civilly liable for the death of
Robin Landes, and others who died while crossing the railroad tracks this
year, by failing to install and properly maintain safety measures that
prevent the public from loitering on or passing through the property.
Much like the owner of a home with a swimming pool is responsible for maintaining
a fence around his property to prevent accidental child drownings, the
FEC should be required to create a barrier of safety surrounding its deadly tracks.
City leaders in Delray Beach have begun an effort to take FEC to task on
that point. Following the tragic death of Mrs. Landes, Mayor Cary Glickstein
spearheaded the process of formally asking FEC to construct barriers that
prevent or deter pedestrians from crossing outside safety crosswalks,
which is a frequent habit of downtown Delray Beach visitors. These barriers
might include a fence, or landscaping.
FEC is a private corporation that owns the trains, the rails they ride
on, and the immediate proximity of property surrounding the tracks. On
this crucial point, that the FEC has failed to place proper safety measures
on their property to prevent pedestrians from engaging in the dangerous
act of crossing railroad tracks outside of designated crosswalks, the
families of those who have been killed by passing trains may sue the FEC
for wrongful death.
Who can sue FEC for the death of Mrs. Robin Landes?
Florida law states who can sue for
wrongful death. In the negligent death of Mrs. Robin Landes, there may be a potential
wrongful death suit brought by any surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Landes.
If a personal injury law firm is hired to file suit, a good attorney may
also be able to prove that the untimely death of Mr. Willian Landes was
connected to the death of his beloved wife, Robin. Mr. Landes died the
very next day from “natural causes”, though it may be that
he was so psychologically and emotionally impaired from the tragic death
of his wife less than 24 hours earlier, that any condition he suffered
from was exacerbated and severely hastened. The possibility of a companion
wrongful death suit against FEC on behalf of Mr. Landes may be possible.
The key for victim’s families is to hire a
law firm with experience in this area of law. Our personal injury lawyers are currently handling
several similar cases right now. These wrongful death cases include people
who were killed while crossing the FEC railroad tracks outside of designated
If someone you know or love was killed by a train while crossing railroad
tracks in Florida,
please consider calling the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at 561-600-5606. We may be able to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased
to win compensation for funeral costs, pain and suffering, and economic loss.
The consultation is completely free, and Mr. Goldenfarb will personally
meet with your family to discuss your options. You pay no fees or costs
to us for us to get started on your case. Find out if we can help your
family today by calling 561-600-5606.