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Arizona Laws to Prevent Train Collisions

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on May 24, 2013

Arizona Railroad LawsAlthough you’ve heard of Arizona train collisions it doesn’t stop you from being annoyed every time a bus or large truck stops before the train tracks when there’s no train coming. This stop is all about train safety and helping to stop the occurrence of train accidents throughout the state. ARS 28-853 requires school buses, vehicles for hire, and vehicles carrying explosives to stop no less than 15 feet from the beginning of the railroad tracks. At the same time, these vehicles are not permitted to stop more than 50 feet from the beginning of a railroad track. Upon starting safely across the tracks, no vehicle is allowed to enter the tracks in a gear that requires shifting while on the tracks. This last restriction prevents drivers from becoming stuck and creating a serious and dangerous hazard.

Arizona Train Collision Statistics

While Arizona train collisions are not a common occurrence throughout the state, accidents involving trains and railway vehicles are among the most serious and costly accidents that happen every year. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that nearly 4,500 crashes involving non-fixed objects such as trains and railway vehicles happen annually. Nearly 15 of these collisions are reported as fatal and more than 450 cause injuries to the individuals who are involved.

If You’re Involved in an Arizona Train Collision

If you’re a passenger in a car that is involved in a train collision you may need the assistance of a skilled Arizona passenger injury attorney. The attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. will help you work out a fair settlement to take care of your expenses for medical care, time off work to heal and other accident-related losses. We also help our clients get the right medical care for an affordable cost. Contact the Husband and Wife Law Team.

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