A train struck a pedestrian recently in Boca Raton. According to News Channel 5, it happened just before 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of Glades Road and Dixie Highway.
According to a recent post from St. Louis Today, the number of pedestrians killed after being hit by trains across the nation has risen more than 25 percent over the first five months of 2013. During that time, there were close to 200 fatalities, compared to less than 160 during the same time in 2012. A total of 356 pedestrians were injured in collisions with trains since May, compared to less than 345 during the same time last year.
Our Boca Raton train accident lawyers understand that many of us underestimate the damages that trains can cause. They look like they’re traveling slow enough for us to dodge their arrival. But the truth of the matter is that far too many pedestrians get caught in the crossfire and wind up losing their lives.
Those who walk along the country’s railroad tracks are considered to be trespassers. This is because the railroad network is considered private property. Unfortunately, these railroad tracks go right through many of our neighborhoods and are often-used shortcuts. Each and every year since 1997, more people have died walking on railroad tracks than in vehicles struck by trains at railroad crossings. And this is a trend that continues.
Luckily, there are ways that you can avoid these kinds of accidents. Read the safety tips below, and remember them the next time you’re walking near a train track.
-Remember that trains don’t always travel on a schedule. This means that there could be a train on any track at any time. Always be ready and expect a train coming.
-Remember that tracks are private property. Never walk on these tracks, not only because it’s dangerous but because it’s illegal.
-The average train weights about 400,000 pounds (or 200 tons). When you size that up against the weight and power of a human, it’s like comparing a mountain to a feather. Pedestrians stand virtually no chance against trains.
-Trains have the right-of-way 100 percent of the time.
-Remember that trains are traveling faster than you think. If you’re cutting it close with a train, don’t try it. Always allow yourself plenty of time to cross a train track.
-If you’ve got to cross tracks, make sure you do it at designated crossing areas, with signals, signs and drop down gates.
-Pay attention. You should never engage in distractions while crossing railroad tracks. These areas need your 100 percent attention. Any wrong move could end up costing your life.
-The only legal and safe place to cross railroad tracks is at a designated public crossing with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing at any other location is illegal.
-Never race a train to the crossing. Even if you tie, you lose.
-If you start over a crossing and the flashing lights or gates start down, don’t freeze; keep going. The warning signals allow enough time to drive over the crossing before the train arrives. No gate on the other side will block your lane. If you stop and try to back up, you may stall.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.