The Federal Railroad Association (FRA) tracks vehicle vs. train accidents and complies the data for distributions. The table below shows collision data specific to cars vs. trains for the period 2009 – 2013. Note for 2012 and 2013, only partial data was available making these preliminary statistics.
Even with increases in signage and awareness, the number of collisions continues to grow while the number of fatalities and injuries remain relatively unchanged. The chart represents accidents involving trains and motor vehicles. There continues to be a high level of accident associated with trains versus pedestrians.
Pedestrian Railroad Trespassing Facts
- On average 458 people are killed as a result of these accidents
- Each day, an average of two people are killed or injured in these train-related disasters
- Trespassing is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in the U.S.
- In addition to the approximately 400 fatalities each year, there are almost as many injuries
- Trespassers usually sustain life-threatening injuries as a result of these interactions
Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers
- Cross only at the designated public crossing
- Trains cannot stop quickly; full-stop can require one mile or more
- Trains can overhang tracks by at least three feet; standing within than range could still result in impact
- Freight trains do not follow set schedules
- Never attempt to race a train to the crossing
- Trains cannot stop quickly – (we said this before, but it bears repeating)
- It is a deadly decision to attempt to drive around lowered railway gates
- Never stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks
The attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner have seen all types of accidents and helped countless families try to recover from their devastation. Our firm family seeks to educate the public as much as possible as it relates to preventing these highly avoidable accidents. It is our hope that you will follow these steps in an effort to heighten your chances of arriving to your destination incident-free.
It is important to note, however, that even with education and precautions accidents can happen. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident, contact a caring advocate who will give you sound advice regarding your options. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, you are our number one priority.
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