Car-train accidents and pedestrian-train accidents are rare in Missouri, but when they do happen, the results can be devastating. To help Missourians stay safe around railroad crossings, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has provided information about railroad safety for those who must drive or walk near train tracks.
First, be patient. Never try to beat a train through an intersection. Depending on their weight and speed, trains can take a mile or more to come to a complete stop. They will not be able to stop in time to prevent a crash if you’re crossing the tracks. Likewise, do not go around trains that are stopped in intersections; these stops are usually unplanned and frequently involve an equipment malfunction or other emergency.
Railroad crossings are often equipped with lights, bells, and/or crossbars that come down to block traffic in order to let a train through. According to MODOT, this equipment rarely malfunctions. If you suspect a malfunction, call the railroad from the number posted on the small silver building located near crossings. Do not try to cross the tracks at a malfunctioning signal; if you are wrong, and the signal is working properly, a serious crash could result.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a railroad crash, an experienced Missouri train accident attorney can help you piece together what happened and seek compensation from anyone whose negligence may have caused the accident. For a free and confidential consultation, call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515.