A truck that was heading southbound on Indiana 1 reportedly didn’t stop at railroad tracks and wound up getting slammed into by a westbound train. One person died in this accident. According to Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa, the man who died was the 92-year-old truck driver. Accident reports indicate that the man drove right through the crossing gate (which was down at the time) before hitting the train.
According to the Indy Star, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Following the accident, emergency crews and railroad workers had to close the roadway in both directions.
Our Highland car accident lawyers understand that railroad tracks can be a dangerous place, and many of us overlook the dangers associated with these areas. According to Operation Lifesaver, there were close to 2,000 collisions at railroad crossings in the U.S. in 2012. In these accidents, there were more than 270 people killed and close to 950 injured.
According to a report issued by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, 94 percent of all grade crossing accidents are caused by risky driver behavior. Still, more than a dozen states are under federal mandate to improve crossing safety and many railroad crossings lack proper warning equipment. In other cases, the equipment may be in disrepair. These cases should always be carefully reviewed by an experienced injury attorney.
Did you know that it takes a train more than a mile to brake and come to a complete stop? Even it hits something.
There are more than 210,005 railroad crossings in the United States — and that equates to some serious danger — especially when 129,644 intersect with public roads. It’s no wonder why every 90 minutes there is a train collision or derailment.
Railroad Crossing Accident Statistics:
-Close to 65 percent happen during the daylight hours.
-About a quarter of accidents happen when a vehicle slams into a train.
-Most of the accidents happen while a train is traveling less than 30 miles per hour.
-Most accidents happen within 25 miles of the driver’s home.
-A typical locomotive pulling 100 railcars can weigh roughly 6,000 tons, making the weight ratio of a train to an automobile proportional to that of an automobile and a soda can.
-Dying is about 40 times more likely when involved in an accident with a train in comparison to an accident with another vehicle.
-Track defects contributed to more than 34 percent of accidents.
Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation are here with some railroad crossing safety tips to keep you safe out there:
Remember that trains don’t run on schedules and be unpredictable. When you do encounter one, you want to yield to it — not expect it to yield to you. When you’re at a crossing and see warnings signals, don’t ignore them — ever. Lastly, remember that these trains travel a lot faster than you think. One in four crashes occurring at highway-rail crossings takes place when drivers run into the side of the train. Often, it’s because the driver is going too fast for conditions, such as darkness, rainy weather or fog.
Call Attorney Burton A. Padove if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, at (219) 836 2200 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.