January 8th, 2013|
Jan. 8, 2012
The number of crashes between trains and cars in Alabama slightly decreased over the past year, but thousands of these accidents still occur. In fact, an article from Tulsa World reports that more than 1,500 collisions between train and cars occurred in Oklahoma throughout 2011.
Experts say while the number is still high, it is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 2,400 Alabama Car Accidents involving trains in 2008. Motorists who fail to heed warnings signals and lights at train track crossings cause a majority of these accidents.
Take, for example, the case of a young man involved a train accident in Evergreen, Alabama two years ago. The victim failed to come to a stop at a railroad crossing for an oncoming train. The particular crossing has been the sight of at least nine other accidents in recent years. To combat the problem, measures are being taken to curb the high number of these accidents.
Government programs, such as Operation Lifesaver, are being implemented to educate the public on the dangers posed by crossings. Railroad companies also updating infrastructure by improving signage and warning signals at certain crossings known to be notorious for accidents.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful these efforts will work to educate the public on the dangers of railroad crossings and lead to success in preventing future accidents between trains and cars.