A tragic accident occurred on March 9. An Amtrak train hit and killed a pedestrian near downtown Los Angeles a little after 6 a.m. The accident occurred at Santa Fe Avenue and 8th Street, near the 6th Street Bridge. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s unclear exactly how the accident happened. Some believe the victim was a transient. No one onboard the train was hurt. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, approximately 3,000 train accidents occur each year in the U.S. with almost 1,000 deaths per year. Most accidents are caused by human error, mechanical or electrical failures, or structural or maintenance problems. Under law, train operators have a strict code of operations to follow. Trains must operate safely in order to not only protect individuals and vehicles external to the train, but also to protect passengers.
Although it is unclear exactly what caused this accident, if a court finds that the negligence of an owner or operator of the railway caused a train accident, any passengers of the train or individuals that were struck by the train may be able to collect monetary damages. Those damages could include money for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a California train accident, contact personal injury attorney of Orange County Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 to learn more about protecting your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and more.