Drivers are notorious for not taking railroad tracks seriously, and they cause many collisions between themselves and moving trains. This is just one of several reasons that a job as a railroad employee is so dangerous. In the late 1800s, Congress became aware that people employed in the railroad industry entered a perilous profession, so members adopted the Federal Employers Liability Act to protect your rights. If you were injured in a railroad accident while you were on the job, FELA gives you the right to hire a railroad accident attorney to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries. Unlike with Workers Compensation, FELA attorneys can take your employers to court to show that they are responsible for your injuries. Then, they can help you obtain compensation that may include payment for pain and suffering. Before it becomes necessary for you to hire train accident attorneys to represent your interests in court, the preferable solution is for motor vehicle drivers to follow some safety rules. Know that a Train Can Always Be Present Everyone must be aware that a train can approach at any time. When the train's engineer encounters a vehicle on the tracks, they can only apply the emergency brakes. Unless you are at least a mile away when this occurs, there is a very good chance that you will be hit. Do Not Ignore Automatic Signals Take automatic signals seriously. They are letting you know that a train is near. Rather than trust that this is the case, some people drive around these flashing lights in order to outrun the train. Unfortunately, not everyone succeeds. Do Not Try to Beat a Train The reason that drivers believe that they can beat a train is because they appear to be traveling at such a slow speed, but this is only an illusion. How the rails are situated on the horizon creates another illusion that the train is farther away than it appears to be. With this being the case, you cannot expect to judge the speed of a train or its distance from you. Drive Cautiously Near Railroad Tracks In 25 percent of the collisions between a train and a motor vehicle, the car was driven directly into the side of the train. These crashes happened because the driver of the vehicle was conducting the automobile in an inattentive manner or was driving too fast for the conditions on the highway. Do Not Pass Slower Vehicles near Railroad Tracks Sometimes, drivers are impatient with other drivers, and they pass slower vehicles when they are near railroad crossings. Avoid doing this because the vehicle ahead of you may be obstructing the view of an approaching train. Because you are traveling too fast at the moment that you pass a slower vehicle, you run the risk of running directly into the train. Beware of the Manual Transmission If you are driving a vehicle with a manual transmission, your automobile is in danger of stalling on the tracks. This happens when the tracks are on a higher plane than the road. The only thing for you and your passengers to do if a train is approaching is get out of the vehicle and run toward the train to avoid being hit by flying debris. If no train is coming, retire to a safe place and call the railroad's toll-free number to let them know that a vehicle is stalled on the tracks. Know How Many Tracks Exist before Crossing Sometimes, there is more than one track, and unless you are paying attention, you may not notice this. Make sure to read the sign underneath the crossbuck that lets you know how many tracks there are at that particular crossing. Know that Railroad Property Is Private Property Stay off of railroad property. It is private property and only authorized railroad personnel is allowed.