Los Angeles Metrolink Accident Injures Commuters and Crew
Every day, thousands of commuters board the Metrolink trains as part of their daily commute between Los Angeles County and Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, trusting that they will be carried to their destination safely by the train. This feeling of safety was rattled in yet another train accident this week that has residents of Los Angeles County shocked and concerned.
The Facts Of the Accident
On Tuesday, February 24th, the Metrolink commuter train, which was bound for Los Angeles, derailed in a fiery collision. The train collided with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after the driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. There were 48 passengers and three crewmembers aboard the train, all of whom were injured and transported to the hospital.
Although Metrolink’s ridership is the seventh largest in the United States among commuter rail systems, it has the second highest number of deaths. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in one six year period, 39 out of 61 passenger fatalities across the nation involved Metrolink trains. In the ten-year span from 1998 to 2008, Metrolink has had 99 fatalities. This is more than all other commuter rail systems in the nation.
California Law Protects Innocent Riders
California law holds common carriers to a higher standard of care as compared to other transportation services or even other drivers. The California Civil Code Section 2100 holds that common carriers “must use the utmost care and diligence for passengers’ safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”
However, despite this stricter standards, there are still too many accidents involving common carriers, such as Metrolink. There are many causes of Metrolink accidents, including:
Collisions with other commuter trains
- Inattentiveness of the train operators or engineer
- Derailment due to poor maintenance
- Non-compliance with safety standards
- Excessive speed
- Driver fatigue
Regardless of the cause, if you were injured in a Metrolink accident you may be entitled to compensation. A train accident attorney in the San Fernando Valley can help you obtain the full damages that you deserve.
Contact a Los Angeles Train Accident Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Vahdat & Associate, our Los Angeles train accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of train accidents. Our legal team is dedicated to helping our clients during this difficult period to obtain the full compensation they are entitled to. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (888) 523-1698.