Train accidents happen more often than you might suspect. The Bureau of Transportation reports that there were 183 train accidents in the year 2000 alone. Reports show that in that year there were 583 injuries in the state that happened to workers on duty either on a train or at a train station, and there were 57 serious injuries to passengers on these trains.
As well, there were 93 fatalities regarding trespassers who walked onto the tracks and 68 injuries to others. 17 workers on duty at the railroad station and 21 contractors were injured in 2000 because of a train accident, and 33 non-trespassers were injured as a train hit them by surprise. In addition, there were six fatalities of this nature, and one fatality to a passenger that was on a train. According to the charges between 1995 and 2000, the average amount of train accidents in California has grown.
In 2012, there were 106 train accidents and incidents, and in 2011 there were 79 of these incidents. These accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, the train will collide with a pedestrian who has chosen to step across the tracks at the wrong time, and other times the train conductor is distracted and fails to operate the locomotive safely. This was the case in the infamous Northridge train accident that happened in 2008 when a driver was texting and did not adhere to commands.
As a result, the train collided head-on with another locomotive that was also on the tracks. The terrible wreck caused 25 fatalities and is known as the worst accident in MetroLink history. Another reason that a train accident may occur is if the train accidentally derails, causing it to turn over or merely drag on the ground. In other situations, railroad supervisors may fail to switch the tracks as needed and this can facilitate an accident when a train ends up on the wrong route.
Whether you have been injured in a train accident or your loved one passed away in one of these tragedies, you have the right to seek compensation. You deserve to be paid for all the suffering that you have had to endure. With the money that you obtain in a train accident claim, you may be able to cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages during recovery, and any property damage. Chances are that you can also obtain damages for your pain and suffering or the emotional turmoil that you had to suffer through as a result of the accident. With a reliable Santa Clarita train accident lawyer on your side, you will be outfitted to pursue the money that you deserve.
Santa Clarita is crisscrossed with train tracks, and an accident can happen at any moment. If you fall victim to a train incident, then don't hesitate to call The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus immediately. The focused lawyers at this firm can hire the right investigators and gather the right information to create a case on your behalf. While no attorney can guarantee success in a claim, The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus is a firm with the experience to prove that they know how to tackle your case. With more than 30 years of experience and many successes, the firm understands what they are doing in court. In fact, at the Professional Accident Injury Network lawyers have been able to accumulate over $1 million in settlements and verdicts. Call (661) 752-5905 today for a free consultation with the firm!