NATIONWIDE (December 20, 2016) – After a two year long investigation into several fatal accidents involving navigation apps and railroad crossings, the NTSB has called upon Google Maps and Apple Maps among other navigation services to add over 200,000 grade crossings to their maps.
A grade crossing is a railroad crossing that is the same level as the road. Because of this, it can be hard for drivers to discern where they are supposed to turn, and can sometimes end up on railroad tracks by accident as a result of their navigation apps. This was the case in 2015 in California, when Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez turned a truck hauling a trailer onto the railroad tracks because of directions from his navigation app. Mr. Sanchez-Ramirez ended up stuck on the tracks, and abandoned his truck which was later hit by a commuter train.
The accident killed the train engineer and injured 32 others, and launched an exhaustive investigation by the NTSB. Google Maps has come forward to say they will be adding visual and audio warnings to their maps to help drivers avoid turning onto railroad tracks by mistake, and Apple maps has agreed to add the crossings as well.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a railroad accident, whether as a result of a navigation app or any other reason, do not hesitate. Call the experienced team at Lexton Law Firm. With decades of experience in train accidents, we are the right choice to help you get the care and justice you deserve.
“Almost one death or injury per day occurs on the rail system in the United States. Many of these tragic deaths are avoidable, the rail system is antiquated and needs a complete overhaul to ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and train passengers,” said Attorney from Lexton Law Firm.
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 541-2111. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.