The dangers of level crossings are numerous and extremely serious. We’ve all seen the terrifying adverts and heard the horrifying stories. Yet still, people persist with taking hugely unnecessary risks at level crossings. As road traffic accidents go, they are as serious as it gets.
What are the main dangers of level crossings?
Let’s start with the obvious, and most serious, the danger of level crossing – trains. The whole purpose of level crossings is to prevent train and vehicle collisions. The consequences of such road accidents are usually tragic. Victims of accidents at level crossings would be extremely lucky to escape with their life.
- Car damage
Even if you escape the most tragic consequence of a level crossing accident, they can still be costly. For example, the barriers crashing down on top of your car as you try and sneak through can cause significant damage. The barriers aren’t going to stop their descent for a car, so you may even crash fully into them. It’s a risk simply not ever worth taking.
- Other traffic
Taking dangerous, unnecessary risks at level crossings endangers not only yourself but other road users as well. If you get stuck, other motorists may feel compelled to try and help, putting themselves in serious danger. In addition, speeding across a level crossing to make it before the barriers close can easily lead to a vehicle collision on the other side.
How can I avoid dangers at level crossings?
Many of the dangers of level crossings can be avoided by simply employing some common sense.
- Obey the signs: When the lights start flashing, stop and wait.
- Take it slow: In heavy traffic, make sure there’s enough room for your car on the other side of the crossing before going over.
- Stay calm: You should treat driving over a level crossing the same as you would any crossroads. Being too nervous or cautious can be almost as dangerous as being too gung-ho and reckless.
Of course, any sort of accident on the road is a deeply unsettling and troubling time. Rarely do you escape without significant injury. Therefore, it can be reassuring to know that you may be due accident compensation.
If you are injured in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors can help establish your eligibility to claim in a no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice