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Female Pedestrian Struck by Amtrak Train near Interstate 5 in San Diego

By Ross Jurewitz on August 31, 2012

A female pedestrian was fatally struck by an Amtrak train on August 27 near northbound Interstate 5 (I- 5) at Washington Street in San Diego around 3:25 p.m. Deputy Dawn Patterson explained that the female pedestrian was struck by the northbound train and suffered fatal injuries.

The injured victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Our law office offers our sincere condolences to the deceased family members and friends for such a heart-rending loss.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is currently trying to determine the exact cause of this fatal crash and the positive identification of the female pedestrian that died.

The Bureau of Transportation’s rail road statistics indicate that each year around 3,000 train accidents occur and around 1,000 people are killed in these accidents. According to the statistics compiled by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,715 people were killed in train accidents that occurred in the year 2010.

Some of the most prominent cases of San Diego train accidents are derailment, train to person collision, track defects, human error, signal defects, and equipment defects.

Trains are usually considered to be a safe mode of transportation, but train accidents can contribute to inexorable injuries and fatalities. Most people are generally unaware of train accident laws, such what would apply in this particular one in which a pedestrian was involved. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer who has appropriate training to deal with such cases.

The deceased’s family members may be eligible for legal compensation for the accident-related damages and mental trauma from the railways department if the train engineer is found to be at fault.

If you have suffered personal injuries or have lost someone you love due to a train accident, the San Diego train accident injury lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group can help you learn your legal rights and recover maximum compensation for the damages.

Ross Jurewitz

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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