Rail Crossing Safety for DriversOctober 21, 2019
A recent car accident at a rail crossing in Baltimore County has left the driver of the vehicle with life-threatening injuries. The accident has pushed Baltimore County officials to make the rail crossing safer. The driver of the vehicle reportedly had to undergo two surgeries for his life-threatening injuries. However, he is expected to recover. Witnesses state that the train pushed the vehicle at least one mile from the original accident site. First-responders pulled the victim from an annihilated vehicle.
Due to the occurrence of other accidents at this rail crossing, officials want to install a warning light. However, because the rail crossing is private, federal funds cannot be used to install warning lights. To do this, the state of Maryland will need to acquire the road and change the crossing classification to public.
Operation Lifesaver is an organization dedicated to reducing the number of rail crossing injuries and deaths. According to the organization, a train hits a car or person every three hours in the United States. Duties of a railroad company include:
- Properly training individuals operating trains
- Properly maintaining locomotives
- Making sure that trains are running within the speed limit
- Making sure train operators use the train’s warning whistle when approaching crossings
- Removing any vegetation that may obstruct lines of sight at crossings
Duties of Train Designers and Manufacturers
Duties of train designers and manufacturers include properly designing train whistles, horns, brakes, train warning lights, and communication systems. If any of these components are improperly designed and lead to an accident, the manufacturing company may be held liable for any injuries.
Liability of the Vehicle Driver
It is possible for the driver of a vehicle to be held liable for causing a rail crossing accident. Drivers may attempt to drive around crossing gates believing that they have enough time to cross before a train arrives.
What to Do After an Accident
After being involved in an accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Insurance adjusters may interpret delayed medical treatment as the victim not being as severely injured as they claim to be. This may result in the injured party receiving a lower settlement offer.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents
Being involved in a car accident can leave you with life-threatening injuries. If you were injured in an accident at a rail crossing, contact a Baltimore car accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529).
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.