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|Illinois accounts for about 7% –
9% of all US train accidents.
- Federal Railroad Administration Office of
In 2008, there were 2,397 total highway-rail accidents in the United States.
A highway-rail accident is any crash between a train and a highway user at a crossing site, regardless of severity.
Highway-rail accidents include collisions between trains and motor vehicles, pedestrians and other highway or
sidewalk users at both public and private crossings. In the 2008 highway-rail accidents, 287 people were killed and
943 more people were injured.
In 2007, The United States had approximately 139,862 public grade crossings. Of those crossings, only about
50,132 had gates, 23,215 had flashing lights, and 1,248 had highway traffic signals, wigwags, and bells. At the
remaining crossings, only passive control devices, such as crossbucks, were used to warn motorists.
In some cases, inappropriately posted or defective highway-rail warning devices may contribute to the causality of a
collision. Warning devices must be posted at specific heights and locations along crossings. For an example of a
crossbuck and stop/yield sign combination warning device, please click here.
And while highway-rail warning devices should always be inspected during the reconstruction of a train accident, they
are certainly not the only possible causal factor. Highway-rail accidents can also be caused by mechanical failures,
driver or conductor negligence, environmental factors, or limited sight distances.
Regardless of the type of crash, our accident reconstruction experts will thoroughly investigate a collision and provide
State legislatures have adopted additional
requirements with regard to specific warning
devices, such as the Illinois Supplement to the
National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
To read the ISMUTCD, please click here.
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|How traffic signs/signals are
displayed is generally
governed by the US
Department of Transportation’
s Manual on Uniform Traffic
To read the MUTCD, please