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Railroad crossings and other hazards can cause train accidents

Trains are a highly powerful mode of transportation. This type of transportation is also highly regulated to protect the safety of those who operate trains, passengers on trains and the vehicles that may need to cross railroad tracks. Despite those regulations, accidents still occur along Missouri railroad crossings. These accidents may be the result of issues with the train or operator, or issues with the actual railroad crossing.

It is important and legally mandated that railroad crossings are clearly marked. Any kind of obstructed view or malfunctioning warning system can be a recipe for disaster as vehicles approach the crossing, either in daylight or at night. One such obstruction can be overgrown brush. Another railroad crossing obstruction can relate to other trains, such as trains parked on adjoining tracks.

There are other common causes of train accidents that are not related to the actual railroad crossing. One is speeding. Just as with a speeding car, a speeding train may not be able to safely stop in time to avoid hitting a car. A train operator may also be at fault for an accident if that operator failed to blow a whistle when a warning was needed.

While there can be any number of reasons train accidents can happen in Missouri, these common reasons can leave a victim with costly damages and mounting medical bills. Victims of train accidents along railroad crossings should be aware of what caused the accident and what can or should be done. Our website has more insight into train accidents in general and what victims may be able to do after being involved in such an accident.

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