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Train Crashes Around Los Angeles

Metro Train and Semi Crash

A Metrolink train was heading south, towards Los Angeles on the Antelope Valley line. The train struck a tractor trailer that was sitting on the tracks. Luckily no serious injuries were reported. Seems like trucks are often getting stuck on the tracks.

The train had just left the Sun Valley station and was not moving at it’s full speed yet. It was reportedly traveling at 15-20 mph when it crashed with the truck. This was at 10:34  a.m. according to Sherita Coffelt who is a spokeswoman for Metrolink.

The irony is not lost on personnel when September is Rail Safety month and the crash happened in September. The agency is working to remind the Los Angeles County residents that if they are or do get stuck on the tracks that they should call the phone number that is posted on the rail crossing so that they can notify the railroad official. Makes sense, any kind of advantage on trying to get a giant train to stop would be helpful I’m sure, however when that happens you’re just so scared you’re not really thinking clearly.

Coffelt’s Statement:

Call the number and it gets sent directly to the dispatching office. They can stop a train before a collision happens.

Man Killed by Metrolink Train

Tragedy strikes again on a Thursday morning when a man was killed, but this time it was by an apparent suicide. He was struck by an Metrolink Train which was in Orange County.

The man who was on the tracks and struck around nine thirty in the morning. This happened at the Palmyra crossing which is near Almond Street by a northbound 633 line train.

The train goes from Laguna Niguel to Mission Viego and then to Fullerton, according to Metrolink spokesman, Scott Johnson.

The man was reported to be in his mid thirties. He sadly died at the scene. Orange County Police Sgt. Phil McMullin said that it was an apparent suicide. The man’s identity has not been confirmed at this time.

The train reportedly had seven passengers on board at the time of the crash. The passengers were provided alternate transportation by Metrolink. Luckily none of the passengers were injured.

The accident of course caused some back up to the Metrolink trains in Orange County as well as the Inland Empire also an Amtrak train.

Daniel Gibalevich – Train Accident Attorney Los Angeles

If you or someone you love is the victim of a train-related accident, you may be entitled to legal recourse to recover compensation for health or financial damages. Due to lessened safety measures compared to other motor vehicles, it is not uncommon for injuries sustained during significant train-related accidents to be extreme. Life after a serious accident can be physically and emotionally challenging and navigating the legal process to obtain compensation can be frustrating.

Understanding the Process

The window of time available to take legal action following a train-related accident is minimal, especially with the convoluted process of filing claims against government and commercially owned train lines. It essential that your personal injury attorney is experienced with the filing process specific to train-related accidents within the state of California.

Determining Liability

Whether you are the victim of a train-related accident resulting from negligence on the part of the train operator, product and manufacturer liability, malicious intent or wrongful death you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and damages. In developing a train-related personal injury lawsuit, it is important to clearly determine liable participants and the exact cause of the accident.

Common Train-Related Injuries

Although generally one of the safest transportation options, riders of private or government operated train lines are occasionally the victims of accidents with injuries that may include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
  • Bone Dislocation
  • Amputation
  • Cosmetic Disfigurement
  • Neck and Spinal Injuries
  • Traumatic Head Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Death

Recovering Compensation for a Train-Related Accident

In situations where Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance does not sufficiently cover damages, you may be entitled to full or partial compensation beyond your coverage limitations. At the DAG Law Firm, our expert personal injury attorneys will support you in bringing appropriate legal action against an insurance agency or defendant. Whether you are dealing with an uncooperative commercial or government-owned train company or an insurance company seeking to limit your total payout for damages, we are committed to obtaining maximum compensation on your behalf. It is important to fully understand your legal situation and our attorneys will guide you in determining whether your train-related accident is the result of negligence, manufacturer liability, wrongful death or malicious intent. As a victim of a train-related accident, you may have legal recourse to recover compensation for the following:

  • Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
  • Payment for emotional and psychological distress
  • Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
  • Payment for pain and suffering

Speak to an Attorney about a Train-Related Accident

An understanding of case specifics is crucial to the outcome of your lawsuit and it is important to clearly know your legal rights. At the California DAG Law Firm, our skilled attorneys have over 12 years of experience dealing with personal injury law and can assist you in recovering compensation for your train-related accident. To speak with a personal injury attorney about your bus-related accident, please call us at (323) 947-2224 for a free consultation.



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