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Danger Lurks on the Tracks at Long Island Railroad Crossings

danger signTen of the most dangerous railroad crossings in America are right in our own backyard, according to a recent article in the New York Times, “In New York Area, Points Where Train and Tragedy are Likely to Intersect.” Six of them are on Long Island—two in Brentwood, and one in Bethpage, Wyandanch, Central Islip, and Oceanside—and the other four are in New Jersey.

The danger ratings are based on a metric known as “accident prediction value,” which is used by the Federal Railroad Administration to predict those crossings where accidents are most likely to occur, taking into account recent accidents and the crossings’ physical characteristics.

High speed Long Island railroad crossings deadly

Long Island is particularly hazardous because of the prevalence of high speed commuter trains passing through densely populated towns and villages at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

The personal injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have been representing New York residents since 1952. If you are the victim of an accident involving the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North, Amtrak or other train line, our experienced Long Island railroad accident attorneys are prepared to defend your rights to compensation.

Combining an unerring sense of justice with tireless investigative work has yielded success after success for our clients in medical malpractice, construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and other personal injury areas.

Not enough funding available to remove the dangers

The recent railroad crossing tragedy on the Metro North in Valhalla, NY highlighted the dangers inherent in grade crossings—semi-controlled crossings that take a motor vehicle directly across an active train track as opposed to an underpass or overpass. Although thousands of such crossings have been eliminated nationwide since the ‘80s, there are still 2,677 grade crossings in New York controlled only by lights, gates, and bells.  Many are simply waiting for tragedy to happen—roads and tracks intersecting at sharp angles, traffic signals that cause drivers to get caught between the safety gates, poor sight lines that block views of oncoming trains.

The Federal Highway Administration is aware of the safety risks but there is simply not enough funding to effect widespread change according to federal transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, considering an overpass over a dangerous stretch of track can cost $40 million to construct and take years to complete.

Our LI train accident attorneys will find out who’s responsible

In the event of a railroad accident, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will interview witnesses, work hard to secure video and photographs, procure sensitive official documents and law enforcement reports, access medical records, and begin to assemble a winning case.

If you were a driver of a motor vehicle, were the warning signals fully operational? Was your view obstructed by something? Was the train traveling at a legally permissible speed? Was the engineer’s judgment and ability to drive the train impaired in any way? Did you have enough room to avoid a dangerous situation?

If you were a passenger in a train that was in an accident, many of the same safety rules will apply, as will the questions.

Our job at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is to find out who is responsible for your injuries and to fight for your right to justice and the maximum possible compensation for your losses.

We offer highly skilled legal advice for anyone who has been harmed in a railroad accident in New York. Call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free case review with a Long Island railroad accident attorney to discuss your options.