Analysis of Grade Crossing Accidents Resulting in Injuries and Fatalities

In 2015, 277 individuals died at railroad crossings. This figure is down from 294 in 2014 and 290 in 2013. Nearly all of these deaths are preventable, as 94 percent of train-vehicle collisions can be attributed to driver behavior or poor judgment. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issues and enforces regulations on grade crossing safety and sponsors research aimed at reducing grade crossing accidents and fatalities. A better understanding of human behavior in the highway vehicle during these incidents could significantly improve the strategies employed to reduce grade crossing incidents. FRA’s Office of Research, Development & Technology provided funding to Sharma & Associates (Sharma) to conduct a two-phase study on the human factors issues related to grade crossing accidents. This report describes trends and correlations resulting from an in-depth analysis of highway-rail grade crossing accidents between 2005 and 2014. A future report will describe the incorporation of these analyses into a predictive model of grade crossing accidents.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 4p
  • Serial:
    • Research Results
    • Issue Number: RR 16-10
    • Publisher: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 13 2016 9:33AM