Recently the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced that Google will add audio and visual alerts to warn drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google's navigation system. The agency also asked four other companies -- Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL's MapQuest -- to join similar map partnerships using the agency's data to pinpoint the crossings, it said.
Our attorneys have seen many causes of accidents at railroad crossings over the years and there are many causes of these incidents. Sometimes the train is poorly maintained, and in other cases, the train operator may be distracted or drowsy. Occasionally there are safety gate failures as well. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have represented both motorists and crew members for many years in railroad accidents, and we have an excellent understanding of how to investigate these types of personal injuries and wrongful deaths at railroad crossings.