- Stay a safe distance behind the railroad.
- Keep a clear lookout of the entire area.
- Proceed across the tracks with caution.
- Do not engage in other reckless or unreasonable conduct.
Duties Of Pedestrians Around Trains In Illinois
Illinois law provides certain instances when pedestrians or drivers must wait at least 15 feet behind the railroad crossing and until the signal allows them to proceed or the train has past. Here are those instances:
1. A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train or railroad track equipment;
2. A crossing gate is lowered or a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train or railroad track equipment;
3. A railroad train or railroad track equipment approaching a highway crossing emits a warning signal and such railroad train or railroad track equipment, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard;
4. An approaching railroad train or railroad track equipment is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing;
5. A railroad train or railroad track equipment is approaching so closely that an immediate hazard is created. See 625 ILCS 5/11-1201.
During these conditions, pedestrians and drivers are not allowed to go around the gate or otherwise enter the railroad crossing to go over the tracks.
Penalties for violating these laws normally include monetary fines, community service as well as suspension of your driver’s license and jail time if you are a repeat offender.
What Has Illinois Done To Keep People Safe Near Trains?
Illinois is one of the largest states in the country in terms of miles of rails. Unfortunately, with that point also comes the fact that many, many people are killed or injured in train collisions and similar accidents-244 died in 2015 alone. Therefore, in order to reduce this terrible development, the Illinois legislature has increased fines for first-time offenders of drivers disregarding railroad traffic laws from $250 to $500. For a second and subsequent offenses, it has increased from $500 to $1,000. The changes will take effect has soon as the modifications to the Illinois Vehicle Code become effective. Note, however, that local towns and municipalities also have rules, fines, and other penalties for drivers regarding trains. Therefore, Illinois is doing more and more everyday to keep people safe near trains.
Was A Bystander Responsible For Your Train Accident Injuries?
Even if the train or railway company was not responsible for your accident, and some third party was, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can still help you get the compensation that you need and deserve under Illinois law. Plus, we can build your case on contingency so that you only have to pay for our skill and time if you are happy with the outcome. Call our offices today to hear more about how Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you after a train accident.
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