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When you cross over the railway tracks during your morning commute or while walking down to your favourite restaurant, the thought of being injured likely doesn’t pop into your mind. While being hurt in a railway accident isn’t something you think about every day, the unfortunate reality is that a surprising amount of Canadians are seriously injured and even killed at railway crossings every year.

Types of Railways Accidents

Railway accidents can take on a number of different forms including:

  • Highway-rail accidents (train-pedestrian or train-vehicle)
  • Train derailments
  • Train-train collisions
  • Single train accidents

Railway Safety

Knowing the dangers and taking precautionary steps to prevent railway collisions can help you stay prepared when encountering railway-road intersections. There are many safety tips to help prevent railway collisions from occurring in the first place including the following:

For Pedestrians:

  • Stop, look and listen for trains before crossing the tracks
  • Be aware of the potential for hidden trains crossing additional tracks behind a passing train
  • Only cross at designated crosswalks
  • Adhere to all signage. Never cross when lights are flashing


For Motorists:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Never stop your vehicle on a railway crossing.
  • Always look both ways prior to crossing the tracks
  • Never race a train to a crossing

For additional safety information, there are a variety of resources available online including Operational Lifesaver, a partnership of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada (www.operationlifesaver.ca).


Tragic Outcomes Can Result

Trains, unlike other motorized vehicles, travel at exceptional speeds. As a result, it takes much longer for a train to slow to a stop. This means that when people or vehicles find themselves in the path of an oncoming train, the outcome is often tragic.

Severe injuries sustained in a railway collision can have a life-changing impact on victims. Depending on how severe the injury is, victims can experience a dramatic impact to their physical abilities, as well as their emotional and social wellbeing after an accident.


Speaking to a Personal Injury Lawyer

Oftentimes, there are a multitude of factors that can lead to a railway accident. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult for a victim to determine who is responsible for the injuries they have sustained. Add into the equation the in-depth investigations that are often conducted after railway accidents and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to filing a personal injury claim.

If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a railway accident, it is advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to determine next steps regarding possible claims. Our professional personal injury lawyers at Harrison Pensa understand the complex nature of these types of cases, and will guide you through the legal process and your options every step of the way. For more information on filing a claim for a railway accident,
Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-855- 744-9228 or personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com

A word from our clients

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"My wife was involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision several years ago, and luckily she survived, but unfortunately she suffered some injuries."
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January 8, 2016

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