We want everyone in our beautiful state of Washington to be safe this year, so it's time to talk about railroad crossings. There's been a rash of accidents involving train accidents and pedestrians this year. The police say that five people were hit by trains within just three days -- and three of them were killed. That brings the total number of train-related fatalities this year to 19, which is higher than any in the last 20 years.
Trains provide a valuable service across this country. Whether they are transporting people or goods, these trains provide a quick way from one point to another. These are large, heavy vehicles that are often pulling very heavy loads. Because of this, they deserve respect when people are going to cross the tracks.
When you need to get around Washington or the rest of the country, you have several options available to you depending on finances and your timeline, and you may decide, at least sometimes, to get to your destination by train. It may trouble you to know, however, that traveling by train is actually more dangerous than traveling by plane, and taking the bus, too, is typically a safer transportation option.
When your commute requires you to take the train to your job in Washington, it is important that you are aware of how to be safe in and around a train to minimize your risk of getting injured or killed. It is not unheard of for people to become distracted by their electronic devices and accidentally wander or fall onto a platform as a train is approaching. Using vigilance is one valuable way that you can protect yourself and encourage other passengers to do the same.
Trains are not only large and move at excessive speeds, but they require significantly more time and distance to come to a complete stop than other forms of transportation. While many Washington train operators do their part to observe the regulations and protocols designed to keep them and other people safe, accidents can occasionally happen.
During the summer months, accidents are especially likely to take place for a myriad of reasons. Since many children are out of school and a lot of people decide to walk or ride their bicycle because of the warmer weather, the risk of an accident may be particularly high in Seattle and across the state of Washington. Not only are accidents involving motor vehicles especially likely during this time of year, but the risk of train accidents may also be higher. For example, a pedestrian, bicyclist or driver may be struck by a train, which could lead to devastating consequences.
If you utilize the train system in Washington to commute each day, you are probably familiar with the occasional stress of running late and worrying about your ability to catch the train before it leaves the station. Understanding what you can do to better protect yourself and your safety is important to have a positive and non-stressful commute.
When a fatal accident happens in Washington, the outcome can always be devastating for the people who knew the victim, but it can be equally as startling and saddening to people who witness the accident. In many cases, people who may witness a fatal accident occur are left with vivid images in their head of what happened and some are unable to overcome their anxiety without a professional's help.
If you live in an area of Washington with a lot of train traffic, then understanding how to properly interact with them is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers. Too often people make mistakes when it comes to train crossings that cost them their lives. Nobody wants that to happen to you. One of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to understand the concept of train speeds.
When you need to drive around railroad crossings on a frequent basis, it is important that you use extra caution and vigilance to avoid colliding with a train. At Dean, Standish, Perkins & Associates, we have helped many victims of train accidents in Washington as they work through the often-complicated outcome of being involved in such a serious collision.