Most people receive little information about train, pedestrian, or car safety except for the little snippet shown during defensive driving classes. Additionally, most defensive driving students are in a driving class on a Saturday in order to get rid of a ticket, not to really retain information on becoming a safer driver. With as little information the average driver gets concerning trains and the road, it is not surprising that train accidents are a serious problem across the country.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, around 3,000 train accidents occur each year in the United States. Of these accidents, there are about 1,000 fatalities. Most of these accidents are from collisions. They occur when a train collides with a car or bus or a pedestrian.
Hasty drivers are often responsible for collisions. Train on car collisions are likely to happen when dare devil and impatient drivers try to beat the train that is about to cross in front of them. They also happen when drivers stop on railroad tracks such as at a light when there are cars in front of them.
There are a few things drivers can do to ensure they are safe from trains. Drivers should always look both ways before crossing a track. Sometimes signs and signals are not functioning properly and should not be trusted. It is also important to always leave a large gap between a train track and the car in front of you when at a light.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a train accident as a result of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation or damages. For more information, contact the Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-248-2874