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Railroad Crossing Tips

If you have ever driven through parts of East Texas you may have encountered rail roads. Although rail roads have become the least popular mode of transportation they still exist and operate, sometimes daily. The sheer size and force of trains can become extremely damaging if they derail or collide with objects in their path. Common train accidents include, but are not limited to derailments, collisions with other automobiles or trains, and pedestrians blocking the railway. Conductor negligence, malfunctioning machinery, stalled vehicles occupying tracks, and distraught pedestrians are common causes of rail road accidents. Vehicles can block the railway for a number of reasons, all ranging from stalled vehicles to distracted driving around railways. To prevent incidents from occurring railway crossing rules should be understood by all drivers behind a wheel.

Basic railroad crossing tips are listed below

  • Be aware of where railroad crossing are located. They are usually marked with proper signage. Other indications besides signage can alert you of railway crossings. Brightly colored "X"s, tracks embedded in the ground, flashing lights, barriers and overgrown vegetation are common signs of railway crossings. Combinations of these indicators may be present at a railroad crossing, because you are never sure which will be present always drive with caution.
  • When you approach the crossing slow your vehicle down. Look in both directions before you proceed. Also, be sure to listen for any whistling or rumbling coming from a distance.
  • It may seem like common sense to most, but do not ignore indicators that a train is quickly approaching. If lights are flashing, wait to cross. If the barriers are blocking your vehicle, wait until you proceed.
  • Do not try to pass under or around a barrier. Similarly, do not make an attempt to outrun an oncoming train.  Not only is it against the law it is also extremely dangerous. It is difficult to gauge the distance and speed of an oncoming train. Trains are unable to stop immediately when they spot an object obstructing the railway. For these reasons do not place yourself or passengers on the train by behaving recklessly on railroads.
  • Do everything you can to avoid stopping on railroad tracks. If traffic flow is heavy be sure you have enough room before crossing the tracks. You never want to be stuck on a railway in heavy traffic, there is no guarantee that you will be able to move in time. Avoid shifting gears while on the tracks because automobiles are unpredictable. If you do find yourself trapped on a railway. Immediately exit the vehicle and move far away from the tracks. Call the authorities once you have a chance.

If you have been the victim of a railroad accident, feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.