The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to get the word out about railroad crossing safety. Their “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign is all about raising awareness about railroad crossing safety and the capabilities of trains in areas with motorists and pedestrians. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) reports that about every 3 hours, a train hits a person or vehicle. In 2015, there were approximately 230 fatalities at railroad crossings across the country. Many of these crashes are completely preventable, so the NHTSA wants to educate motorists on how to stay safe around railroad crossing areas.
Stop! Trains Can’t
A train can’t stop on a dime. It doesn’t perform like a smaller passenger car or truck. In fact, a train traveling at 55 miles per hour can take up to a mile or more to stop. Remember to give trains the respect they deserve, and never try to take a chance at a railroad crossing. Listed below are the NHTSA’s railroad crossings safety tips for motorists and pedestrians.
Tips for Motorists
- Be prepared to stop.
- Slow down, look both ways and listen.
- Understand the signs and warning devices.
- Make sure there is enough room on the other side of the tracks for your vehicle to safely cross.
- Never race a train.
- Never stop on the tracks.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Stay alert.
- Stop, look both ways and listen.
- Follow all the signs and instructions.
- Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
- Cross quickly, and never stop on the tracks.
- Cross at a 90-degree angle if crossing with a bike, stroller or wheel chair, so your wheels don’t get stuck.
Train Accidents in California
Accidents at railroad crossings can be devastating, catastrophic and even fatal for smaller passenger vehicle occupants. Medical bills can quickly add up while victims are in the hospital. After any kind accident or collision involving a train, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a railroad crossing accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.