The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their $7 million public safety campaign aimed at improving railroad crossing safety in various locations across the country. The “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign is primarily targeted to younger male drivers who might be more likely to take risks at railroad crossings. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s NHTSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have partnered to raise awareness about the importance of making the right choice at railroad crossings. This public safety campaign will include digital, radio and digital video advertisements and focus on a target audience of 18 to 49-year-old males.

Railroad Crossing Collision Facts

  • In 2016, 232 people were killed in railroad crossing collisions.
  • Approximately every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S.
  • Railroad crossing deaths spiked in 2014.
  • Overall, railroad incidents have declined over the past decade.

Preventable Tragedies at Railroad Crossings

With the exception of railroad crossing light and crossing arm malfunctions, collisions that happen at railroad crossings are almost completely preventable. The “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign is all about raising awareness about the importance of stopping at railroad crossings. Trying to beat a train across a railroad crossing could be a deadly mistake. Although it might add a few minutes to your commute, it’s better to be late than to be hospitalized or worse. It can take a freight train traveling at 55 miles per hour nearly the length of a football field to stop in the event of an emergency.

Railroad Crossing Safety in California

The “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign will be running ads in California and other states where the nation’s 15 most dangerous railroad crossings are located. NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind is reminding motorists that stopping is the only choice when trains are coming. Trying to outrun a train is a potentially fatal mistake that is 100-percent preventable. Trains can’t stop on a dime. They can’t swerve to avoid an accident.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a railroad crossing accident, contact the skilled and experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.


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