September 11, 2012
Reports from the Austin Police Department indicate that a collision between a train and a car may have been caused by a combination of both operator error on the part of the train’s engineer and a poor crossing surface at the intersection of the train tracks and road. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the accident happened on April 30, 2012, at around 7:40 a.m. at the crossing located on the Scofield Ridge Parkway.
Police say that the man’s vehicle may have become stuck on the tracks at the intersection on a steep gravel incline. They speculated that after becoming stuck, the operator of an oncoming train failed to engage an emergency breaking system on the train, despite seeing the stuck car, after assuming the vehicle would eventually move. The two collided, killing the driver and seriously injuring his two young sons who were riding in the back of the vehicle.
Since the Texas car accident occurred, Capital Metro will invest roughly $200,000 to begin a project in the fall of 2013 to replace the gravel intersection with a concrete base and a flashing warning signal for oncoming trains.
The Austin personal injury lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties and frustrations that come with losing a loved one or being injured in an accident that was not your fault and would encourage anyone in these circumstances to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.