Recently, a train crashed into an SUV that was stuck on railroad tracks in Odessa. Luckily, the driver of the SUV reacted in the correct way by getting everyone out of the vehicle before the crash, so there were no injuries reported. Because trains travel at a much faster speed than a car or other vehicles and they cannot stop quickly, it is important to practice safety when traveling across railroad tracks. Here are some railroad track safety tips:
- Be aware of railroad crossings. If there is a stop sign, stop, and look both ways while listening for a train. Do not proceed if there is a train coming. Even if the train does not appear to be that close, it might be traveling faster than you know. Wait until the train has passed, and then proceed across the tracks.
- Never try to drive around lowered gates. Even if you do not see or hear a train, it is illegal to go around the gates.
- If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist, do not walk or ride along the railroad tracks. This is considered trespassing and is dangerous. Even walking near the railroad tracks can be dangerous as trains hang several feet over the tracks.
- As a pedestrian or bicyclist, if you need to cross the railroad tracks, cross at a designated spot. Make sure you look and listen before proceeding across the tracks.
- Whether driving, riding your bike, walking, or otherwise traveling across railroad tracks, never try to beat a train across a crossing.
- If your vehicle gets stuck on the railroad tracks and a train is coming, get yourself and all passengers out as quickly as possible. Move away from the tracks. To avoid being hit by debris, move in the direction from which the train is coming.
While safety at railroad crossings is important, crashes happen other places on the roadways. If you were injured in a car accident, an Odessa car accident lawyer can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.