Risky business: Trespassers court danger on railroad tracks

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Indiana ranked 14th nationally in 2021 in pedestrian deaths and injuries caused by trespassing on railroad tracks and property.

Already this year, the region has seen two such incidents, both resulting in death.

In the first incident, a Fort Wayne man, Bradley Wayne Boggs, 64, died March 12 at 11:15 a.m. near railroad tracks south of Spencerville. According to police, Boggs was struck by a train as he was walking about 1 1/2 miles from where his car had broken down.

Tragically, Boggs had declined a ride from an Allen County sheriff’s officer just 30 minutes before he was struck.

More recently, Logan Schambers, 18, of Avilla, was killed April 15 in a 3:30 a.m. accident just west of

Who is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?

Accidents that involve cars and pedestrians can be extremely dangerous, and sometimes fatal. Every accident is different, and the driver of the car is not always at fault. There are certain precautions that pedestrians and cyclists can take to keep themselves safe. Being aware of the common situations where accidents occur can help prevent danger. It is also important to determine liability in pedestrian accidents.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of a distracted, impaired, or reckless driver. Many DUI and DWAI cases are involved with pedestrian accidents. Accidents also frequently occur in busy areas with lots