From a distance, it usually doesn’t look like a train is coming toward your car as fast as it actually is traveling. That’s why obeying the crossing arms at a train crossing is imperative and can be a life-saving choice.
Attempting to enter a train crossing against the alarms is very risky. If all equipment is working properly, lights and bells are activated about 20 seconds before the arms come down, according to officials.
In any kind of accident, whether on the tracks or on the road, it is always advisable to contact a car accident attorney, who can help you navigate your options with their expertise.
Unfortunately, there are many car accidents where motorists do not heed the warning bells and lights of an oncoming train. A young woman in her 20s was killed in early March when her car was struck by a Dallas train. Four people on the train were also reportedly injured.
Thousands of car wrecks every year — actually, a person is hit by a train in the U.S. about once every 115 minutes — often result in death. There’s just no good chance of a car winning against a 12 million-pound train.
But crossing the train tracks doesn’t have to end in tragedy. Here are some tips to help you safely cross the tracks:
- Don’t be fooled by how far away the train looks. It’s closer than you think, so don’t try to race it.
- Slow down when approaching the tracks, listen for alarms and look both ways before proceeding.
- NEVER stop on the tracks. Make sure there is room for you on the other side before you go across.
Remember that if you have any questions about the road or the train tracks, car accident lawyers Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can assist you.