10 Ways to Prevent Train Accidents

Recently, train accidents have been occurring more often than ever. Spring weather provides the opportunity to take walks, ride bikes, hike and explore. According to Beyond Our Rails, a train hits a person or vehicle in the U.S. about once every three hours. These accidents usually result in death or serious injury and can be prevented.

Avoiding Train Accidents

Prevent train accidents by following the tips below:

  1. Never walk on or along railroad tracks—trespassing is illegal!
  2. Always look out for warning signs and signals.
  3. Always assume there is a train coming, as trains can run on any track at any time.
  4. Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. The average freight train traveling 55 miles per hour takes a mile or more to stop.
  5. Only cross tracks at designated crossing areas, and always look both ways before crossing.
  6. Never try to beat a train across the tracks. There is no reason to risk your life for a few extra minutes.
  7. If you’re in a vehicle, don’t stop on the tracks. Before you cross, make sure there is enough room for your vehicle on the other side. There should be at least 15 feet between the end of your vehicle and the tracks.
  8. If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, get everyone out immediately. Stand far away from the tracks, even if you don’t see a train. Then call the emergency notification number posted on or near the crossing, or call local law enforcement.
  9. Be aware that some vehicles, like school buses, commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials, must always come to a full stop at railroad crossings. (State laws vary.)
  10. It might look easy and fun in the movies, but it is extremely dangerous to attempt to jump on board a moving train. A minor slip could lead to a lost limb or even death.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a train accident, don’t wait. Contact the John Bales Attorneys today for help.