Enough is enough, according to federal regulators. After three New York train collisions occurred in the span of just one month, it’s time for the penalties to become more severe for drivers who choose to ignore or violate crossing signals. The Federal Railroad Administration is looking to police departments across the U.S. to harshly punish these offenders.
This request came on the heels of the third commuter train accident in New York. An LIRR train collided with a vehicle, making it the second LIRR train to do so in just 24 hours. These accidents were preceded by the deadliest train accident in the Metro North’s history which resulted in the tragic deaths of six people.
Driver Ignores Warning Gate, Risking His Own Life
The most recent accident involving an LIRR train and a Ford Focus occurred at the beginning of March. The front end of the vehicle extended beyond the lowered warning gate and was hit and entirely destroyed by the oncoming train. One witness said the car looked like it was a toy when struck by the train.
Although the car was spun several times and even dragged by the train, the driver escaped with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No one onboard the train was injured as a result of the collision.
Reports from the local fire department state that the driver’s car may have skidded on ice, putting it directly in the train’s path. The train was not traveling at full speed at the time of the accident.
It is imperative that drivers pay attention to all warning signals when approaching train tracks. If you are arrested for violating these signals, don’t fight your ticket alone! Contact our New York traffic ticket attorneys to get the aggressive defense you need.