A recent Amtrak accident in Lakeland, Florida has prompted an investigation into whether the crossing signals in the city are working in the way they should to give drivers enough time to stop for the train.
The accident involved a collision with an Amtrak train and an 18-wheel semi. John Smith, the driver of the truck, says that the timing of the crossing sign did not give him enough time to clear the railroad tracks. He says he was only able to move about 40 yards before the light turned red. He was able to get past the tracks with his cab, but the trailer didn’t make it. Soon enough, an Amtrak train with 95 passengers slammed right into his trailer, which was hauling a load of tomatoes.
Other drivers have complained about the traffic signals in the area as well, saying they’re not getting timely alerts as to when trains are approaching. The signals and tracks are maintained by CSX. A representative from the company said that there will be an investigation into whether the signals are functioning properly and doing their part to maintain standards of safety on the road. There were witnesses to confirm the truck driver’s statement, but he still received a ticket for stopping on the tracks.
When signs and traffic signals or roadways are defective and lead to accidents, the companies and agencies in charge of maintaining all of those features could be considered negligent should a lawsuit arise. In this particular case, CSX would be the potential target for a lawsuit by anyone injured in the accident because of its responsibility to maintain the crossing signals.
If you have questions related to which parties would be held liable after your auto accident, speak with a skilled Bradenton car accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh today.