The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are currently launching their 2019 National Rail Grade Crossing Safety campaign. This year, they’re focused on raising awareness about the dangers associated with railroad tracks. They’re going to be providing important information and tips for how to reduce deaths and injuries associated with preventable rail grade crossing collisions. This campaign is one component of a three-year plan aimed at reversing the recent increase in rail grade crossing fatalities and injury collisions.
Rail Grade Crossing Crash Facts
- In 2018 alone, 270 people were killed at railroad crossings.
- Over the past five years, there were 798 deaths involving motor vehicles at railroad crossings.
- In 2019, 99 people killed were due to a driver going around a lowered gate.
- Between 2014 and 2018, 1,538 drivers went around a lowered gate and were struck by a train. That type of situation accounted for 14 percent of all collisions.
Stop. Trains Can’t.
The “Stop. Trains Can’t” campaign is all about increasing the awareness about the fact that trains can’t stop on a dime. If there’s a vehicle on the tracks, it can take a train up to a mile or more to stop. Drivers are reminded to make sure they’re never stopped on tracks, even if you don’t see or hear a train coming. Additionally, you should never ever try to go around a grossing gate or ignore signs or flashing lights at a rail crossing. These actions can lead to deadly consequences. If flashing lights are activated or a crossing arm is lowered, make a complete stop at least 15 feet from the track.
Rail Road Crossing Accidents in California
Rail grade crossing accidents can be catastrophic or deadly for people in passenger occupant vehicles. After any type of accident involving a motor vehicle and a train, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury attorney about your case. Remember to always stop and wait for the train to pass. Endangering your life is never worth potentially shaving a few minutes off of your commute.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in rail grade 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 today.