The Wagner Reese team came across an eye-opening
news story by News 8 in regard to the up in train traffic around Indianapolis. The residents
who were interviewed said, “they’re fed up with trains that
sometimes cause traffic nightmares and that they feel like more trains
are coming through and are stopping on the tracks in the middle of heavy
traffic.” Some of the residents interviewed had even stated that
they have been stopped for over an hour by a freight train parked across
a major intersection and felt in danger of oncoming traffic.
While Indiana lawmakers have been busy trying to improve crash-prone rail
intersections with the help of House Bill 1002,
Operation Lifesaver reported that the Hoosier state was home to 10 fatal motor vehicle-meets-train
accidents in 2016, ranking fifth highest in the nation. Lawmakers agree,
northwest Indiana will need the most work because of the current heavy
congestion and at-risk crossings responsible for dozens of accidents each
year. In 2015, the Surface Transportation Board approved an agreement
that would allow train operators to run up to 34 trains per day on the
rail line between Indianapolis and Sidney, OH.
Indiana law says all motorists are supposed to stop between 15 and 50 feet
from the nearest railroad tracks before proceeding. But even with laws
in place to reduce train vs. car crashes, there may be a case for
wrongful death such as:
We will continue to follow these types of stories and routinely review
and share factors related to accident prone areas in Indianapolis. In
the meantime, don’t forget to abide by traffic laws and operate
your motor vehicle correctly to prevent a tragic accident with a train.
Train companies have powerful insurance companies, so if you or a loved
one are injured in a collision with a train, it is critical to employ
an experienced attorney. This is one scenario in which you do not want
to find yourself alone, especially if you are healing or grieving. The
auto accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have spent decades working on cases like these for vulnerable
clients and their families. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 to
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