A 13-year-old boy on a bike was injured on November 20 when he attempted to cross railroad tracks in Hobe Sound. The boy was struck by a Florida East Coast train on Old Dixie Highway at about 7:15 p.m.
According to witnesses, the teen was with a friend near a local park at the time of the accident. When the train came, the boy was knocked off of his bike and away from the tracks. The bicycle was run over and destroyed in the accident.
The teenager was brought to a local hospital for treatment and was reportedly conscious and breathing as he left the scene by ambulance. He suffered injuries to his legs, as well as possible internal injury.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida East Coast Railway planned to investigate the incident. Reports indicate that the accident did not take place at a railroad crossing.
Understanding railroad safety
Due to the massive size and weight of trains, it is very hard for them to make sudden stops. If a train’s engineer is close enough to spot a person or vehicle on the track, it is often too late to avoid a collision. It is essential to cross train tracks only at designated crossings. Follow any warning signs or signals and never stop, stand or play on the tracks. Even tracks that appear to be abandoned may still be in occasional use. If your vehicle becomes stuck on the tracks, get out immediately. No car is worth losing your life for.
If you have been in an accident involving a bike, a train or any other vehicle on a Florida roadway, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Speak with the personal injury attorneys at the Bradenton firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh for help in your pursuit of justice.