Forty-two-year-old Denise Oberlercher was struck and killed by a northbound locomotive early on August 15 in Del Mar. According to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and sheriff’s officials, the pedestrian was sitting on the tracks when she was hit by the train.
Authorities said that the warning bells and lights were activated by the train engineer, but despite this, Oberlercher did not move. However, this may not make the pedestrian fully guilty for this fatal crash. Investigation carried out by the authorities will have to reveal whether the train engineer was at fault or if there was a faulty signal that contributed to the train accident.
Although trains are typically considered to be a safe mode of transportation, train accidents can cause inescapable amounts of physical injuries and even deaths. According to the statistics provided by the Bureau of Transportation, 320 people lose their lives and approximately 1,000 suffer injuries in train accidents in the United States every year.
In most of the cases, train accidents are caused by unmaintained rail tracts, driver negligence, derailments, and inadequate safety standards. Most people are unaware of train accident laws and in cases such as this particular one, the victim’s family members are well advised to immediately get in touch with a train accident lawyer who has both comprehensive knowledge and training to deal with such cases.
The deceased’s family members may be eligible for legal compensation for the mental trauma and other accident-related damages from the railways department if the train engineer is discovered to be at-fault.
If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a train accident, call our Del Mar train accident attorneys at (888) 233-5020 immediately to discuss your case, learn more about your legal rights and get a just compensation.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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