Car travelers have many different obstacles of which to be aware when using local roads. From other cars and pedestrians to semi-trailers and bicyclists, our roadways remain bustling areas of intersection that pose constant risks. One of those risks that is often underappreciated is that posed by speeding trains at railroad-road crossings. The danger remains potent for those in cars any time they travel near railroad tracks.
Day after day more travelers are hurt or killed in run-ins with speeding trains. The Chicago Tribune reported on another train accident near our city late last week. Witnesses report that the driver of a westbound car was at a crossing on 97th Street and Eggleston Avenue around 6:40 p.m. A train that had left Union Station shortly before was headed south toward the intersection. The crossing gate was lowered, blocking traffic from the on-coming train.
However, for reasons that will likely never be fully known, the young driver attempted to drive around the warning gate. The car was struck by the speeding train. Emergency responders rushed to the scene. A 20-year old female passenger was pronounced dead shortly after while the male driver was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are saddened to hear news of these fatal train accidents. Basic safety demands that all roads signs be followed at all times. That reality is most demanding regarding signage that warns of approaching trains, because the failure to take care at those areas almost always involves deadly collisions. No vehicle will be able to provide much protection when in the path of a fast moving passenger train. Train accidents are typically some of the most damaging crashes near the road. Please take all care possible around these intersections.
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