Out of the 2,000 collisions at railroad crossings that occurred in 2013, 251 people died and 929 were injured. A new pedestrian public service announcement from Operation Lifesaver aims to lower that number. Their mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety.
Today is also light rail safety day and here are some safety tips from our Virginia (VA) railroad injury attorneys:
Safety at the Platform:
- Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to reach the station. Never walk in a traffic lane.
- Always stand behind the rumbled strips.
- Don’t stand on or near the track. Light rail trains overhang tracks by 3 feet on each side and can hit you if you are not a safe distance away.
·Watch for "active warning devices" which means lights that are electronically activated by an approaching train, along with gates that will lower automatically on the approach of a train.
·Stop at all railroad cross bucks (signs with an “X” cross near the top marked railroad crossing) and look before crossing. At these crossing nothing alerts a car or truck driver when a fast or slow approaching train approaches the crossing.
Despite obeying all safety warnings serious personal injuries, or even deaths, still occur at public railroad crossings throughout the country. If you, or a loved one were involved in an accident at a rail crossing, we want you to have as much information as possible. For example many people aren't aware of the fact that there are different federal regulations which impact the duties and responsibilities of the railroad crew that is operating a train. These responsibilities include respecting the warnings that a train must issue to cars or trucks that are crossing a railroad track.