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Critical Issues Surrounding Railroad Crossing Accidents

TASA ID: 1013

On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with transportation and traffic engineer Dr. Carl Berkowitz, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Critical Issues Surrounding Railroad Crossing Accidents, for all legal professionals.

A highway-rail grade crossing is a location where a public highway, road, street or private roadway, including associated sidewalks and pathways, crosses one or more railroad tracks at grade. There are 222,002 railroad crossings in the United States, of which 137,359 cross public roads. A collision between a train and a motorist at a grade crossing occurs approximately every two hours. Half of the crossing accidents happen where there are active warning devices, and more than 60% of accidents occur where train speed is less than 40 mph. Approximately 20% of accidents involve cars running into trains.

During the program, the presenter covered:
  • Components of a Grade Crossing
  • Design Considerations
  • Warning Systems

About the Expert

Carl Berkowitz has extensive, broad-based transportation and traffic engineering experience. Held positions in industry, government and higher education. Plaintiff and defendant expert. Explains complex technical issues, research and safety evaluations. Expertise: pedestrian-passenger; passenger terminal/station; school, transit, commuter bus; subway; light and commuter rail; passengers on track; rail crossing; bicycle and motorcycle; pedestrian-vehicle collision; slip, trip and fall.

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