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RailRoad Crossing Accidents

Car accidents fall into several major categories (whose names are self-explanatory):

* Rear-end collisions
Rollover accidents
Head-on collisions
Single-car accidents
Pile-up accidents
* RailRoad crossing accidents

The term railroad crossing (also called: level crossing or grade crossing) is a crossing on one level (or "at grade") - without recourse to a bridge or tunnel - used to describe the crossing of a railway line by a road, path, or other railroad.  When a vehicle on the road is hit by a train at this juncture it is a railroad crossing accident.

It also applies when a light rail line with separate right-of-way (or a reserved track tramway) crosses a road; the term "metro" usually means by definition that there are no level crossings (i.e. that the system is grade-separated).

About RailRoad Crossings

In the United States, and in countries following US practices, a train must have a bright headlight, and a whistle or horn must be sounded as the train approaches the crossing. Some American cities, citing noise pollution abatement, have passed laws prohibiting the sounding of bells and whistles, however their ability to enforce such rules is debatable. In December of 2003, The US Federal Railroad Administration published regulations that would create areas where train horns could be silenced, provided that certain safety measures were put in place. More information can be found at the FRA website at and following the page link under 'Train horn rule.' The regulations were scheduled to go into effect in December 2004.

All crossings in the United States are required to be marked by at least a crossbuck. Most crossings that intersect rural roads have this setup. As traffic on the road crossing or the rail crossing increases, safety features are ramped up accordingly. More densely populated crossings have alternately flashing red lights to warn motorists, and a bell to warn pedestrians. Additional safety is attained through gates that block motorists approach to the tracks when activated. Increasingly, crossings are being fitted with so-called four-quadrant gates, with a gate mechanism on either side of the tracks for each direction of automotive traffic. The exit gates blocking the road leading away from the tracks in this application are equipped with a delay, and begin their descent to their horizontal position several seconds after the entrance gates do, so as to avoid trapping highway vehicles on the crossing. Four-quadrant gates prevent vehicles from driving around lowered gates to try to beat a train.

A track that will run high-speed trains in excess of 120 mph (193 km/h) is being tested in Illinois between Chicago and Saint Louis. Here, due to the high speed of the trains, gates that totally prevent road traffic from reaching the tracks are mandatory on all level crossings, and steel mesh nets are being tested on the busier crossings to further prevent railroad crossing accidents.


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Brightline Train Hits, Kills Man On Bicycle In Boynton Beach Sun Sentinel
Sun Sentinel Brightline train hits, kills man on bicycle in Boynton Beach Sun Sentinel I urge you to examine these incidents and to review the safety of rail crossings, particularly for higher speed trains, Nelson wrote. Also, please provide additional information on what actions the Department has taken to address highway rail grade With four Brightline pedestrian deaths, Debbie Mayfield imploring need for state safety regulationFlorida Politics blog all 17 news articles raquo

2 Dead After Vehicle Drives Into Path Of Amtrak Train In North Carolina Glob... 2 dead after vehicle drives into path of Amtrak train in North Carolina WHITAKERS, N.C. Authorities say two people are dead after their vehicle tried to cross railroad tracks ahead of an oncoming Amtrak train in rural North Carolina. Multiple media organizations report a couple, who appeared to be in their 60s, was UPDATE: Authorities ID two killed in Nash County train crashWITN Pastor and wife killed when SUV collides with train in Nash CountyWNCN all 33 news articles raquo

Fatalities On Florida East Coast Railway Corridor Reach 16 In Past 12 Months ...
TCPalm Fatalities on Florida East Coast Railway corridor reach 16 in past 12 months TCPalm quotAfter speaking with witnesses, it appears that Lavell was crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train approached,quot police said in a statement posted online. Brightline on Tuesday and more raquo

What Happens When A Train Hits A Pedestrian The Palm Beach Post MyPalmBeach...
MyPalmBeachPost What happens when a train hits a pedestrian The Palm Beach Post MyPalmBeachPost The Brightline BrightOrange train approaches the downtown West Palm Beach station during testing on December 8. Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post. Updated: 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Posted: 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and more raquo

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Facts of Law on rail road crossing accidents

Facts of Law - RailRoad Crossing Accident