For centuries, trains have served as a major means of transportation – they have helped move thousands of passengers and have carried tons of goods and cargo. Unfortunately, they have been the cause of thousands of injuries as well. The railroad system in the U.S. stretches from coast to coast, and whether it is a freight train or a passenger train passing, only a couple of things are sure: both are huge and powerful. Thus, if something goes wrong, any of the two has the capability to cause property damage in huge amounts, or even cause significant loss of lives.
A motor vehicle colliding with a train is nearly always disastrous, as the force from a train’s speed will definitely render almost any collision, especially with smaller and lighter vehicles, fatal. Train accidents usually happen due to rail company negligence, lack of safety gates, poorly maintained railroad tracks, mechanical defects and malfunctions, train conductor error ,and improperly marked railroad crossings.
To prevent these types of deadly collisions, one of the most basic things necessary is to assure that safety gates are properly installed at every railroad crossing. Additionally, they need to be regularly checked in order to ensure they are working fine. While markings inform motorists that they are approaching a railroad crossing, safety gates announce the approach of a train and that every motorist will have to stop.
The damage to lives and property a train and railroad accident can cause can be tremendous, and if it’s due to negligence it should never go unpunished. If you or a member of your family has been a victim of this a railroad accident caused by a lack of safety gates, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They may be able to help you pursue justice and the compensation you need to cover the financial losses and sufferings you and your family have been subjected to.