Typical Issues in Railroad Grade Crossing Collisions

Railroad Crossing

Steven M. Schorr, PE, President of DJS Associates, Inc. ::::

1. Roadway 2. Vehicle 3. Driver – these are the three factors in all collisions.
With a collision involving a non-gated (i.e. use of passive traffic controls such as signs and lane striping) railroad grade crossing, the vehicles typically involved include a passenger car or truck and a train which cannot steer and takes longer to stop than passenger vehicles. As a result, grade crossings need to provide the passenger vehicle operator, and the train operator, sufficient data in order to properly and safely approach and cross over the intersection between the roadway and railroad tracks. With regard to the train, just like a roadway, the approaching tracks have a speed limit for the train.
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