In 2007, there were over 13,000 train accidents or crashes nationwide, including derailments and vehicle/train collisions. Additionally, ridership on California Metrolink trains in 2008 increased by 60% since 2003. Since ridership is increasing, commuter train activity is also increasing, allowing trains to be traveling at high speeds ever minute of the day in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. With the high train traffic volume in California, train accidents are sadly foreseeable. The more common types of train accidents include:
Train vs. Auto Accident
Train vs. Pedestrian Accident
One of the most deadly train accidents in the history of the United States occurred in Chatsworth, California on September 12, 2008. The accident involved a Union Pacific freight and a Metrolink passenger train, and 25 passengers were killed. Since the accident, stronger safety measures and precautions have been required by state and federal agencies. Some of these measures include digital GPS technology to supervise each train, their location, speed, and any abnormalities.
The different types of damages that can result from a train accident include:
Wrongful Death & Estate Damages
Medical and other related damages
Loss of Earnings/Diminished Earning Capacity
Pain & Suffering
Parties who are generally held accountable for certain train crashes include:
Train Owner and Operators
Train Equipment managers
Motor Vehicle Operators
Most train crash cases are filed as a state-law-based claim for negligence. Many factors and laws that govern the carrier’s liability must be taken into account when determining if the railroad company could have prevented the accident by applying proper maintenance and care.
Berglund & Johnson will investigate and identify all possible defendants to insure your rights are protected. We will retain the best experts to prove fault and damages you have suffered and obtain fair and just compensation on your behalf. Berglund & Johnson will handle all aspects of litigation when a settlement cannot be reached. Call 1-800-4-IF-HURT to speak with a Partner and set up a free consultation.