An early morning train-related car accident has claimed the life of a 45-year-old man in Round Rock. Investigators are saying that he may not have been able to cross before the train arrived, because his car was stopped.
Serious injuries and fatalities can occur on or near the tracks because of a lack of warning signs or because a defective car stalls on the railroad tracks. If your car does stop on the tracks, then there is a way you can escape disaster if you act quickly.
What Should I Do If My Car Stalls on Train Tracks?
If your car stalls on the train tracks, you may have only a few moments to make the correct decisions to save your life.
First, you and any passengers must get out of the car right away. Do not take the time to fetch items from your car. Most importantly, do not stay in the car and expect the train to see you and stop. The train is heavy and moving fast. By the time the operator sees you, it will be too late for him or her to stop in time, as the train will need a lot of distance to slow down.
After you get out of the car, move immediately off the tracks and start running in the direction of the train. You do not want to run away from the train because the train could hit your discarded vehicle towards you.
[Did You Know? About half of all vehicle-train collisions occur within 5 miles of the driver’s home.]
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney