Drive Safely Near Trains
Over 140,000 miles of train tracks span the U.S. Many people cross tracks every day on their way to work or school, but often trains run at non-peak times to avoid holding up traffic. However, it is important to always approach train tracks carefully, making sure to take the proper precautions to avoid collisions and other accidents that could prove fatal.
Important Safety Tips
At a train crossing:
- Always check for a train from either direction, even if you do not see or hear warning signals.
- Use special caution when crossing tracks at night. A number of collisions occur at night when a motorist drives directly into the side of a moving train.
- Obey warning signals. Never try to face beneath a bar as it lowers or cross the tracks while lights are flashing.
- Do not stop your vehicle on the tracks for any reason. If your car becomes trapped on the tracks, exit the vehicle immediately, move out of the path of danger, and call for emergency assistance.
- Do not block other vehicles on the tracks. If you notice that the vehicle in front of or behind you is trapped on the tracks, move your car so that the other vehicle has room to move safely off the tracks.
- Do not race a train across the tracks. Trains do not have the ability to slow down quickly to avoid collisions.
Car collisions with trains are often fatal for anyone in the smaller vehicle. To protect yourself and your loved ones, always exercise proper precautions to stay safe near trains.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car collision with a train, you may be eligible for compensation from the party at fault for the accident. To learn more, contact the Wisconsin train collision lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.