In 2011 there were 1,779 incidents at railroad crossings involving a variety of motor vehicles, according to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis. The amount of damage and suffering these accidents caused, however, is immeasurable, especially for those who lost loved ones due to accidents at train crossings. Unfortunately, many of the accidents may have been prevented if there had been adequate signs and warnings of the railroad crossing.
Although there are federal guidelines specifying warning requirements at railroad crossings, railroad companies fail to provide these warnings in many instances, endangering countless motorists. If you have been hurt in such a collision, contact the Fort Lauderdale train accident attorneys of Winston Law Firm, by calling (954) 475-9666 today to discuss your potential case.
Warning Signs At Railroad Crossings
The kind of warnings that are appropriate to a particular crossing will depend upon the nature of the roadway and other factors, such as visibility at the location. It is the responsibility of railroad companies or municipalities to ensure that the correct measures are implemented and functional. These may include:
- Circular advance warning signs
- X-shaped warning signs
- Train markings on pavement
The failure to provide sufficient warning mechanisms creates an unnecessary hazard for those onboard the train as well as the motorists who cross the tracks.
Do not delay seeking legal counsel if you have been hurt in an accident caused by the absence of sufficient railroad crossing warnings. Contact the Fort Lauderdale train accident lawyers of Winston Law Firm, at (954) 475-9666.