There are many safety devices located along railroad tracks that can help alert and protect occupants of motor vehicles. Crossings generally have gates that lower as trains approach and keep traffic from going over the tracks. There are also flashing lights and bells that sound and provide even more warning that a train is in the vicinity.
Of course, the trains themselves are outfitted with horns, which, when sounded can be heard from a great distance. Trains are so heavy and powerful, you can feel the ground shake as they get near. So, clearly precautions are in place and cues exist that can lessen the likelihood of train accidents.
Yet, catastrophic incidents involving trains still occur far too often. This is because to date; there is no infallible train safety system. Sometimes, the warning lights and bells fail to function, or the gates are broken or do not lower properly at a crossing. If such a malfunction happens in an area where the view of a train is obstructed by trees or buildings, a motorist could easily pull right into the train’s path.
The size discrepancy between a passenger car and a locomotive is such that a collision will likely destroy the car and do comparatively little damage to the train. The unfortunate fact is that victims in such crashes are frequently killed or seriously injured. When such tragic incidents occur, it can be very important that the victims and their families be able to pay for medical care and other costs created by the accident.
We at Frantz Law Group have experience serving clients whose family members have suffered catastrophic injuries. If someone you love has been harmed in a train accident, we may be able to help you get compensation to cover medical expenses and long-term care.