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    What Do You Know About Railroad Crossing Safety?
    June 15 2022

    Earlier this month, a person died after they were struck by a train near downtown Las Vegas. The person was reportedly lying on the tracks when they were struck by the oncoming train. This tragedy serves as a reminder to everyone about the importance of railroad safety. A crucial part of railroad safety is knowing railroad crossing laws, which we will provide below. We will also provide railroad crossing safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.

    We hope the below discussion helps you stay safe on and near railroad tracks. If you are injured in an accident, get medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    As a Las Vegas accident victim, you don’t want to fight alone against insurance companies. They do not have your best interests in mind. Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Insurance companies and other parties are not interested in helping you receive what you should as a victim in a Las Vegas accident. Your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer should have a proven track record of winning cases like yours for significant compensation. Our lawyers offer you 25 years of experience winning top compensation for Las Vegas accident victims.

    Time is of the essence when pursuing compensation in Las Vegas accident cases. Don’t delay—have our Las Vegas accident lawyers review your case. Sometimes people avoid contacting an accident lawyer because they worry about cost. You don’t have to worry about affordability. Our attorneys don’t get paid unless they win your case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Nevada Railroad Crossing Laws

    Nevada railroad crossing laws are crucial to keeping everyone safe. If you live in Nevada, or plan on visiting, these laws are for you. Portions of Nevada railroad crossing statutes are provided below.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.047

    In Nevada, you should look out for railroad signs and signals. These signs and signals are your first indicator that you are approaching railroad tracks. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.047, “railroad sign” or “railroad signal” means the following:

    • Any sign, signal or device erected by a public authority or by a railroad and intended to give notice of the presence of railroad tracks or the approach of a railroad train.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.213

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.213(2)(b) provides that a vehicle must not be driven to the left side of the highway at any time when approaching within 100 feet or traversing any intersection or railroad grade crossing.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.317

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.317 prohibits interference with any railroad sign or signal.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.450

    Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.450(1)(i), a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.553

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.553 requires a driver of a vehicle to stop when approaching a railroad grade crossing and a clearly visible official traffic-control or railroad device gives warning of the immediate approach of a train or other on-track equipment. It also prohibits a person from driving their vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier while it’s closed or in motion.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.557

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.557 requires that drivers stop at certain dangerous railroad crossings where there are stop signs.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.560

    If you have ever stopped behind a bus at a railroad crossing, this statute is the reason the bus stopped. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.560, certain vehicles are required to stop at all railroad grade crossings.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.560(5)

    Be careful before crossing the railroad tracks. Make sure that your vehicle can completely cross the tracks before you start your crossing. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.560(5), it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, when crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, to fail to completely cross the track or tracks without stopping due to insufficient:

    • Space for the vehicle on the opposite side of the railroad crossing; or
    • Undercarriage clearance of the vehicle.

    Nevada railroad crossing laws are vast and complex. If you are injured in a railroad-related accident in Las Vegas, contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. The lawyers at Anthem Injury can expertly and aggressively represent you, so you can gain the compensation you deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

    Railroad safety starts with you. Whether you are a driver or pedestrian, you can take steps to stay safe on and around railroad crossings.

    Railroad Crossing Safety Tips for Drivers

    If you are a driver, you should be especially cautious around railroad tracks. The Nevada Department of Transportation provides a number of railroad crossing safety reminders for drivers. We have included those safety reminders with our below safety tips for drivers:

    • Obey all signs and signals. Never go around a lowered gate.
    • Leave stuck vehicles. Exit the vehicle immediately and notify local law enforcement or railroad authorities.
    • Trains take time to stop. Trains cannot stop fast enough to miss cars.
    • Pay attention. Distracted driving is dangerous driving, especially around railroad tracks.
    • Look at all sets of tracks. Do not proceed until you have stopped and checked that all tracks are clear in both directions.
    • Park away from tracks. Never park a vehicle within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad.

    Railroad Crossing Safety Tips for Pedestrians

    Railroad crossings are dangerous. Pedestrians should avoid walking or playing on or around railroad tracks. Operation Lifesaver provides a number of railroad crossing safety reminders for pedestrians. We have included those safety reminders with our below safety tips for pedestrians:

    • Cross with care. Pedestrians should only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings.
    • Do not trespass. Railroad tracks, trestles, yards, and equipment are private property.
    • Trains take time to stop. Never assume that a train can stop for you.
    • Trains and debris extend beyond the tracks. Give trains plenty of room.
    • Do not cross immediately after a train passes. Take a short pause and wait to cross in case there is a second train that you cannot see.
    • Obey all signs and signals. Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing.
    • Trestles are only for trains. Bridges and other structures built for trains should only be used by trains. Do not fish or jump from railroad trestles.
    • Tracks are only for trains. Stay off of railroad tracks.
    • Tracks are not places for photos. Taking pictures on train tracks is dangerous and illegal.

    You play an important role in your safety on and around railroad crossings. You should always proceed with caution when approaching and crossing railroad tracks.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    We hope the above discussion helps you stay safe around railroad crossings. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

    Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our decades of experience, our expertise, plus our deep familiarity with all aspects of Nevada law, give you a powerful advantage. You will need that advantage to fight against those who may keep you from receiving what you deserve as a Las Vegas accident victim.

    Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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