Goal of Camera to Boost Rail Crossing Safety
Posted on August 11th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
While cameras at traffic stops have seen much press, cameras at railroad crossings have had much less attention. In May of 2008, a camera was installed on Rock Hill Road near downtown Webster Groves to catch motorist trying get past railroad warning devices. During the first 1 ½ years, it has resulted in about 1,100 citations to gate running. Last year, of the 1,896 incidents at railroad crossing in the United States, there 247 deaths and 705 injuries according to the Federal Highway Administration. Enforcement through installation of a camera is one way for a municipality to increase safety. According to railroad spokespersons, however, enforcement is just one of the factors to increase safety; the other two factors are engineering and education.
There has a been a slight drop in the number of railroad crossing accidents and part of this is due to the number of crossing that have been closed in the past six years. The Federal Railroad Administration asked railroads to be more aggressive in this area.
Locomotives from several rail companies have become outfitted with cameras in the cab to record the images of crashes or near misses. This video footage may be useful to all parties in an investigation when analyzing many aspects to determine fault and also, for railroad safety training.
So what if you have been involved in a railroad related accident? As railroad accidents continue to increase involving derailment, crashes with other trains, pedestrians, equipment failure or crashes with other vehicles; all of these types of accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, deaths, and extremely large amounts of property damage.Not only do these injuries have major consequences for the victims, but their families and loved ones who depend on their income may have to provide care. A FELA claim may assist family members in recovering lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, future and past medical bills and the possibilities of permanent disability.
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