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Why New York Train Conductors Should Blow Their Horns

Since trains began traveling in the United States, they have been equipped with horns to warn others of their approach. It sounds simple. The notice provided by the horn would allow others to get out of the way before they were harmed.

Of course, it isn't that simple.

The need to warn people of advancing trains has long been the subject of federal regulation and state and local laws. The government needs to balance the need for the horn warning system with the public's desire to decrease the noise created by consistent train horns.

The Train Horn Rule

Today, the federal train horn rule requires engineers to sound the horn for at least 15 seconds but not more than 20 seconds when approaching public grade crossings unless a specific exception exists. When possible, the horn should sound 2 long, 1 short and 1 long sounds. Additionally, the sound level should be between 96 -110 decibels.

Of course, other train horn rules and exceptions may also apply.

Call a New York Railroad Attorney if You've Been Hurt in a Crossing Accident

If you have been hurt at a public crossing and did not hear a train whistle, then it is important to contact a New York railroad lawyer to investigate your case and advise you of your rights. Please call 1-800-362-9329 today for more information.

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