Riverside Train Accident Lawyer
If you have ever taken a ride on the Metrolink in Riverside County, you know that traveling by train is a safe and cost effective way to get around. Statistically, it is safer to ride a train than to travel by car, but accidents can happen and when they do, they tend to be deadly. Whether the train accident was caused by human error or lack of maintenance, it is important that the victim and the victim's family are provided the support and compensation they need.
Getting the Support You Need
Ideally, the parties responsible for your injuries will offer victims fair compensation that covers all medical bills, lost wages and other damages. However, this rarely occurs. Insurance companies and defense lawyers who work for these companies make it tough for injured victims or families of deceased victims to secure the compensation they rightfully deserve. The experienced Riverside train accident lawyers of BISNAR CHASE can help fight for your rights, stay abreast of the official investigation and hold the at-fault parties accountable. Please call us for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
Causes of Riverside Metrolink Accidents
Metrolink is a regional rail system that connects Riverside County to San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties. The purpose of the railroad system is to relieve congestion on our busy highways and freeways. Metrolink is busy year round and it is often relatively safe. There are times, however, in which mistakes are made and people get hurt.
There have been instances in the past of train accidents involving collisions between Metrolink commuter trains that share the same track. Some accidents occur due to the inattentiveness of the conductor or engineer. Others are a direct result of the engineer's failure to see warning signals or derailment caused by poorly maintained tracks. Driver fatigue, human error, excessive speed and a failure to obey safety standards are all forms of negligence that can lead to a train accident in Riverside County. Driver distraction is also a major factor in train accidents.
For example, a Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 and injured 135 others was caused by a train engineer who ran a red light after being distracted while text messaging. According to the results of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the engineer sent or received 43 text messages while on duty that day. His last text went out 22 seconds before the crash.
Riverside Train Accident Prevention
It is crucial that drivers of vehicles take measures to be safe near railroad tracks throughout Riverside County. If the arm goes down and the flashing lights and bells go off, drivers must stop and not try to go around. Often, the responsibility for train accidents falls directly on the conductor, engineer, the railroad or the company that operates the train. These companies are considered common carriers under the law. This means that they owe the highest duty of care to their passengers. They have a legal obligation to transport their passengers safely.
Train companies must be thorough in their hiring process, supervise and monitor their employees and ensure that all engineers and conductors are properly trained. It is also necessary to regularly inspect tracks for cracks and breaks. Railroad crossings should be examined to ensure that warning lights and speakers are working properly. A number of accidents occur at train crossings because of lights and arms that fail to work properly or malfunction at crossings.
When Accidents Occur
If you are the passenger on a train during an accident, you may get thrown from your seat or get struck by flying objects. You may even suffer lacerations from broken glass or a concussion from striking your head against the train's interior. It is important that you remain at the scene of the accident and notify the authorities that you have been injured. If you have a cell phone, take photos or even videos of where you were seated and the injuries you have suffered. If possible get your name in the incident report. Seek medical attention immediately to maximize your chances of a quick and full recovery.
If you are a vehicle occupant, bicyclist or pedestrian struck by a train, it is absolutely vital that you remain at the scene and call the police. It can help to have photos of the crash scene and contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Having as much information and physical evidence from the scene as possible can be invaluable during your claims process.
Incidence of Train Accidents
In 2015 a freight train derailed near Mira loma in Riverside county killing three people. In early 2015 a bicyclist was killed by a train in Riverside. There have also been many instances of freight trains colliding with tractor trailers causing multiple injuries and deaths in the United States. An experienced train accident lawyer can advise you of your rights and potential compensation for your injuries.