Train Accident Lawyers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently trying to get the word out about the importance of railroad crossing safety. Their “Stop. Trains Can’t” campaign is running from Monday, February 26th until Sunday, April 1st. The campaign will include paid advertising to educate motorists on the importance of stopping at railroad crossings. Drivers should never try to beat the train. It can be a major inconvenience to get stuck at a railroad crossing, but at least you will make it to your destination alive. Trains can’t stop very quickly, and even if they do manage to decelerate, can cause deadly damage to smaller passenger occupant vehicles.

Railroad Crossing Safety Facts

  • Of the 130,000 public railroad crossings in the U.S., roughly 54 percent are “active” crossings with warning devices like gates, bells and flashing lights.
  • 46 percent are “passive” crossings, where only signs and markings are present.
  • Approximately 60 percent of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where active warning devices are present.
  • Nearly 19 percent of all crossing collisions involving a motor vehicle striking the side of a train already in the crossing.

Stop. Trains Can’t.

Motorists must come to a complete stop at least 15 feet away from the track if flashing red lights are activated, a crossing gate is lowered, a flagman signals you to stop, a stop sign is posted or if a train is clearly visible or you hear the whistle of a train. Never take chances at a railroad crossing. Your life is at stake. Stop 15 feet away from the tracks, and wait for the train to pass. It may take a few extra minutes, but at least you won’t be putting your life on the line.

Train Accidents Happen

Accidents at railroad crossings can be devastating, catastrophic and even deadly for occupants in smaller vehicles. In some cases, even train passengers can become injured. After any type of accident involving a train, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident at a railroad crossing in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.


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