In the United States alone, someone is hit by a train every four hours. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are about 5,800 accidents that involve cars and trains each year. Many drivers fail to recognize the danger that is involved when it comes to railway crossings. Trains weigh up to fifteen million pounds and travel at an average of sixty miles per hour. Therefore, drivers must be cautious, as a collision between the two may result in tragedy.
Railway Safety Tips For Drivers
When it comes to crossing a railway in your car, it is crucial that you exercise caution.
If The Gates Are Lowered, Stay Where You Are
Driving around lowered gates is dangerous and illegal. You may not see the train, but they move quickly and cannot stop fast enough to avoid a car on the tracks.
Leave Your Car
If your car stalls on the railway tracks, leave the vehicle. Get a safe distance away from the tracks, even if there is not a train in sight. Then, call the number on the Emergency Notification System sign to alert the railroad that a vehicle stalled on the tracks.
Do Not Stop on the Tracks
Try to avoid stopping on the tracks. Trains do not run on a regular schedule, so they may come at any time. If you are stuck in traffic, avoid halting on the tracks. Instead, wait until you can clear the tracks before crossing.
Check Both Ways
Before crossing the tracks, ensure that you look both ways. Once you begin to move across the tracks, do so safely, quickly, and without stopping.
Always Expect a Train
Many trains do not run on a schedule and operate much more quietly than they used to. So, if you see a track, always expect a train. Cross only after you have looked both ways.
Keep Your Eye Out for a Second Train
In some cases, there will be several sets of railway tracks in a row. Even if one train has passed, watch for a second train. Wait for the first train to pass, then thoroughly check for another train, which could be coming from either direction.
If you find yourself in a situation where you or your vehicle has been involved in a collision with a train, you should seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for damages that occurred as a result of the accident.
Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been in an accident involving a train, you should seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Whether you sustained injuries from the accident or only your vehicle was damaged, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for damages associated with the accident.
Our talented team of attorneys at Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis has 50 years of experience in personal injury cases. We have helped countless individuals seek compensation for damage and are prepared to assist you. For a free consultation, visit our website and fill out the contact form, or give us a call at (407) 843-7060.