It is a fact, that if motorists obeyed all existing traffic laws, there would be virtually no grade crossing collisions.
Below is a list of the top causes of railroad crossing accidents:
- The motorist fails to observe and obey railroad warning signs and signals
- The driver sees a train approaching, but miscalculates its speed and distance
- The motorist is impaired and incapable of properly driving a motor vehicle
- The driver races the train to the crossing and is either hit by the train or runs into the side of it
- The motorist drives at night or in an unfamiliar location and travels at a higher speed than posted and cannot stop in time
- As one train clears a multiple track crossing, the driver immediately starts across the tracks without looking for other trains and either strikes or is hit by a second train running on an adjacent track
- A driver makes a habit of crossing a particular crossing and becomes "too familiar" with it and begins to use no caution when crossing it
- The motorist drives in bad weather and fails to properly conform to the posted speed
- With too many electronic distractions in the vehicle, (setting air conditioning, radio tuning and/listening, talking on the phone, texting, searching the web, talking to a passenger, etc), the driver cannot hear an approaching train, fails to look and to listen
- The vehicle’s windows are frosted up or dirty, or the car is poorly maintained
Look ! Listen ! Live !
There are other causes, such as on-the-job injuries, working on the tracks, a train derailment, faulty railroad signals and gates, conductor negligence, and even death.
The law office of Morici, Figlioli and Associates (MFA) specializes in personal injury lawsuits. If you have been seriously injured on-the-job by a passing train, or had an accident at a railroad crossing, contact our office (312) 372-9600 to schedule an appointment. We are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly staff will promptly reply to your message.