When trains hit cars, the cars lose and drivers and passengers often die. Keeping passenger vehicles off the tracks when trains are approaching needs to be a priority for companies that operate freight trains, my colleague Randy Appleton notes in his most recent post to the Norfolk Injuryboard. Randy points specifically to two incidents when neglecting crossing safety costs people their lives. In one of those cases, the midwestern freight giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe was not only found liable for failing to maintain crossing gates and signals in working order but also fined for tampering with evidence and using unqualified individuals as expert witnesses during the civil trial that resulted from the accident.
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