When handling a railroad accident case involving a crossing with automatic warning devices, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of the manner in which the warning devices are designed to function. Such an understanding can then measurably increase the quality of eyewitness interviews, help zero in on crucial information during discovery, and be invaluable to counsel throughout the case.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. railroads currently have around 227,000 road crossings at grade, 140,000 of which are public roads and another 87,000 private. Approximately 53% of public crossings are equipped with flashers or flashers and gates. Collisions between trains and motorists at railroad/highway grade crossings are often catastrophic, and occur somewhere in the U.S. an average of once every three hours, 365 days a year. Nearly 50 percent of crossing accidents occur at crossings that have flashers or flashers and gates. Although such automatic warning systems are extremely reliable, inadequate maintenance and/or testing can cause them to operate improperly, falsely indicating the approach of trains or providing short or no warning time to approaching motorists.
This webinar will introduce basic information as to the workings of motion sensors and grade crossing predictors, then build on that information in a logical progression. Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.
Railroad Grade Crossing Signal Systems – How They Work and Why They Fail
December 13, 2012
Mr. Halstead is an electrical engineer, served as Supervisor of Signal Construction and Maintenance on Consolidated Rail Corporation’s (Conrail’s) Albany Division, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on railway signal system design, maintenance, inspection and testing. He is an ACTAR-accredited accident reconstructionist, and has investigated and reconstructed more than 300 railroad-related accidents across the United States and Canada over the past 17 years. He is President of the National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators, and guest-lectures to law enforcement and accident reconstruction organizations across the country.
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