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Truck Law Violations – Railroad Crossing

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According to the Federal Railway Administration, there are about 3,000 railroad-crossing accidents every year. Because of the size of the locomotive and its inability to slow quickly, these accidents result in catastrophic injury and death. Even though improved safety measures have been made on railroads, defective equipment, driver fatigue, drunk and distracted drivers are often to blame.

No one plans for a serious injury caused by a collision with a locomotive at a highway grade crossing. It is imperative that you contact The Garcia Law Firm so we can investigate the facts and the scene, and consult with our railroad experts to determine whether the railroad’s conduct caused your accident.

Statistics show that every 90 minutes, someone is hit by a train. Trains cannot stop quickly. A freight trains traveling at 50 mph requires about 8,000 feet to come to a stop. According to the Federal Highway Administration, all grade crossings should be eliminated from freeways, giving full control of access on the road, automatic arms and flashing lights should be installed at grade crossings.

What to know
Commercial truck drivers are required to practice safe driving when at highway-rail grade crossings. They should be aware of the important aspects of railroad operations at each crossing. A truck driver should never ignore flashing lights or whistles, slow down and look in both directions. If a stop is necessary, they should not stop closer than 15 feet from the tracks. And they should never stop on the tracks. A truck with a trailer that has low ground clearance can get stuck on the crossing.

Causes of Railroad Crossing Accidents
Negligence is usually the cause of an accident involving a big rig and a railroad train. Those involved in truck and train accidents can sustain brain or spinal injuries or death. Causes of railroad crossing accidents include:
• Poor sight distance due to railroad crossing design
• Failure to blow horns at required distances
• Excessive locomotive speed
• Operator error – fatigue, drug/alcohol use, cell phone
• Malfunction of crossing arms, lights, bells

If you were injured because you were in the wake of a train and truck collision, you need to call an experienced truck accident attorney who can sift through the complicated levels of responsibility. It is critical that you contact our offices as soon as possible so we can start our investigation before the evidence is destroyed. Call The Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281-8515 and schedule a free consultation.

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