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Railroad Grade Crossing Accidents

TASA ID: 1013

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with transportation and traffic engineer Dr. Carl Berkowitz, PE, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Railroad Grade 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 approximately 220,000 railroad crossings in the United States, of which approximately 137,000 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, Dr. Berkowitz discussed:
  • Components of a Grade Crossing
  • Factors Influencing Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Safety
  • Reducing Highway-Railroad Crossing Incidents
  • Future Directions in Railroad Crossing Safety

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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