AL.com recently reported on Alabama’s seven-deadliest railroad crossings, and the article contained some disheartening information, including that Alabama ranks fifth in the nation for accidents at railroad crossings and that Mobile County is home to the second-most crossing collisions in the state.
The report focused on motor vehicle accidents that involved trains colliding with vehicles or people at railroad crossings. So far this year, there have been 48 such railroad accidents in Alabama.
According to the article, 2013 has already seen four deaths and dozens of injuries as a result of railway crossing collisions.
In addition to passenger vehicles and pedestrians, these accidents often involve semi-trucks. Mobile County is home to a railroad crossing that has the unfortunate distinction of being the site of the most train-vehicle collisions in the state (seven in seven years), including a fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer.
There are a number of causes of railroad accidents, including operator negligence, poor crossing design, and lack of warning signs. The AL.com article states that some of the dangerous railroad crossings involve obscured intersections, inadequately marked crossings, and crossings without warning gates.
The Mobile personal injury attorneys at Long & Long are dedicated to helping accident victims and their family members pursue the financial security they need to cope with medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. We also offer legal assistance with Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) claims to injured railroad workers and their families.
If you or a loved one was injured in a railroad accident, please contact Long & Long online or call us at 251-432-2277 for your free consultation. Our accomplished attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims from the greater Mobile, Alabama, area.