Trains, Accidents, New Rail Systems and Miles Traveled
The amount of rail travel in our country seems to grow every year as new systems are completed. These trains travel more than a million miles in the United States each day. New rail systems and number of miles traveled combine to make the possibility of involvement in a train accident greater than ever. In 2012, California alone had 800+ accidents or incidents which resulted in 108 fatalities according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Thirty eight percent of railroad accidents are due to human factors, such as negligence.
Passengers riding on trains, subways and our Metrolink rail system expect and are entitled to a very high duty of care from the operator of the rail system. Train accidents in the past have resulted from the negligence of the conductor or the engineer, making the train’s operator liable for your injuries. As transportation companies do not readily accept responsibility for their negligence, your best course of action is to seek the council of a qualified transportation accident attorney.
Off the Tracks: Rail Accident in Switzerland
In Switzerland recently, an accident happened just after a local train left the station, where it had stopped. It collided with a train going in the opposite direction that wasn’t scheduled to stop.
Emergency workers had to separate the front of the two trains to reach the driver’s mangled cabin. The collision left the trains locked together, partly lifted off the tracks by the force of the collision.
Of the 46 passengers on board the trains, 26 were taken to hospitals, none of them in life-threatening condition. Swiss police said the fire service continued to comb the wreckage because authorities couldn’t rule out the possibility that someone was still be trapped inside.
Investigators theorize that a “failure to respect a signal” by the slower train’s driver may be a factor. The driver of the faster train was killed. While this particular train accident occurred abroad, it could well occurred right here in southern California. In a single accident twenty six people were taken to the hospital. Twenty six lives have been permanently changed and many legal challenges presented.
The Law offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich are dedicated to serving justice to those wrongfully injured financially, psychologically and physically, in a train accident throughout the state of California. Whether your injury occurred as a commuter, pedestrian, while in a train, or any other type of transportation accident, the professional personal injury attorney Daniel A. Gibalevich is here to help you regain the losses you’ve suffered.
If you think you need the services of a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles please contact us at (323) 947-2224 or visit the Personal Injury section on our website at the DAG Law Firm. Call today and we will connect you with Daniel A. Gibalevich, an experienced, aggressive, affordable Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles. After you have spoken with our Los Angeles Personal Injury Law attorney, we can schedule you a free face to face appointment to discuss your circumstances. If you have questions or are considering any aspect of Personal Injury Law, we can help! Call us now at (323) 947-2224. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with any and all rail accident concerns.