- It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile, or the length of 18 football fields, to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
- Three out of four crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist’s home. Fifty percent of all crashes occur within five miles of home.
- A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.
- The force of a 30-car freight train hitting your car is equal to the force of your car crushing an aluminum soda can.
- FRA Office of Safety Analysis Web Site: The FRA Office of Safety Analysis website makes railroad safety information, including recent accident statistic trends and highway-rail crossing data, available to the public.
- The profile of railroad rights-of-way trespasser fatalities shows highest risk to white males of low socio-economic status and alcohol-involved behavior.
- Operation Lifesavers Pedestrian Rail Safety: Rail safety is for everyone, not just drivers. Pedestrians who choose to walk or play around railroad tracks are trespassing on private property and could be fined, seriously injured, or killed.