September 29th, 2014|
Here in Nashville, we depend on trains to move the goods we use everyday. But failing to follow proper safety precautions can lead to serious accidents, like the Nashville train accident that claimed a motorcyclist’s life last week.
According to The Tennessean, the crash happened at a crossing on Hermitage Avenue at around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Reports indicate the motorcyclist was attempting to cross the tracks when an oncoming train did not have time to stop and the two collided.
The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law would like to send their condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed. Several tips you can take to help prevent prevent a train accident while driving or riding include:
- Stopping- Most railroad crossings are equipped with lights, bells, and cross arms to alert you when a train is coming, but some do not have this technology. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to stop and confirm no trains are on the tracks at every crossing.
- Looking- Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians should visually confirm that no trains are coming at each stop by looking in both directions at least twice.
- Listening- Train conductors are required to blow their whistle before each road crossing. Roll down your windows and lower the volume of your stereo so you can hear the whistle blowing.
- Never Walking on Tracks– Each year, dozens of people die from walking on train tracks. Use sidewalks and roadways instead.
July 14th, 2014|
Railroads have transported people and products across the United States for nearly two centuries. But as the number of vehicles on the road has grown, so have the number of collisions between trains and motor vehicles.
The Department of Transportation shows that between Jan. 2013 and today, there have been 27 collisions between trains and motor vehicles in Tennessee. One of the more recent occurred in Bellevue on a set of tracks crossing McCrory Lane and Highway 70.
The Nashville train accident happened when a vehicle carrying a group of local teens began to cross the tracks but failed to recognize an oncoming train. A woman was also injured in a similar incident at the crossing just weeks before.
An article from News Channel 5 says to help prevent accidents at rail crossings, several upgrades are being implemented. These improvements include new lights, crossing arms, and a turn lane at the intersection.
- Stopping-You should bring your vehicle to a halt before crossing any train tracks, even if there are no signals of an oncoming train.
- Looking– After the vehicle has stopped, look down the tracks in both directions to ensure there are no trains.
- Listening– Rolling down your windows and turning down the stereo or other loud noises in the vehicle will help you to hear an oncoming train before you can see it.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe at railroad crossings.