The Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma, Washington, serves as reminder that a seemingly routine Monday commute can easily take a life-altering turn. The train was on its inaugural run when it derailed and plunged onto a busy Interstate 5 near the town of Dupont. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, and the exact number of injuries and deaths has not been released, but news reports are announcing multiple passenger fatalities and more than 70 people hospitalized. San Diego residents are very familiar with Interstate 5 as a vital traffic artery for traveling north and south. And with all the trains running throughout our city, it’s easy to imagine an accident, similar to the one that occurred in Washington, happening here. Read the rest »
A 10-year-old boy was injured, recently, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a Metro Transit System (MTS) trolley in the San Diego suburb of Santee. Paramedics transported the youth to Sharp Grossmont Hospital where he treated for minor injuries. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
A pedestrian was struck and killed in a severe train accident that took place on April 20, 2012, around 7:01 p.m. just north of Los Angeles Avenue between the Simi Valley and Moorpark train stations. According to the authorities, the pedestrian was clipped by a Metrolink train passing through Simi Valley.
According to Simi Valley police, the man was awake and conscious when officers arrived. However, the man appeared to have suffered serious injuries. The injured pedestrian was immediately transported to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for treatment. Read the rest »
A man was fatally struck by a southbound Coaster train on April 8, 2012, around 2:35 p.m. near West Morena Boulevard and Tecolote Road. According to sheriff’s Lt. Mike Munsey, the victim was struck and killed in this tragic pedestrian accident.
The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The family members of the victim may benefit from speaking with a knowledgeable San Diego train accident attorney. Read the rest »
A man was fatally struck and killed by a freight train near Las Pulgas Road on April 3, 2012, around 10:35 p.m. near mile post 218. According to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the victim was struck by a southbound BNSF freight train near Las Pulgas Road.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead as a result of the fatal injuries the man sustained. If the train operator is determined to have been at-fault in this case, then he could be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Read the rest »
45-year-old Amber Michelle Rice was struck and killed in a tragic train accident that took place on March 24 around 10:15 p.m. on Daggett Yermo Road south of Santa Fe Street in Daggett. According to the San Bernardino County coroner, there was “obvious” evidence that the female pedestrian was killed by the collision.
Based upon a reading of Section 21950, it is quite possible that both the train operator and pedestrian may be responsible for this deadly pedestrian accident. Further, because the pedestrian may not be 100% at fault and the train operator 100% fault-free under their responsibilities set forth by California law, the family of the pedestrian may still be able to recover damages for the loss of their loved one in this accident. Of course, any recovery would be diminished by the pedestrian’s own carelessness and fault for causing the accident. Read the rest »
A man was killed after being struck by a train in Simi Valley on March 26, 2012, around 7:50 p.m. near the 600 block of Cochran Street. According to Simi Valley Police, the man was walking along the tracks with another person when he was hit and killed by the Metrolink’s Train 123, which travels from Los Angeles to Ventura. The other person escaped unhurt in this serious train accident.
The victim sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. According to police, the double decker train was on the westbound side of the tracks about 70 yards from the Madera Street overpass and was carrying passengers at the time. If the train operator is determined to have been at fault in this case, then he could be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Read the rest »
A 17-year-old boy was severely injured in a serious pedestrian accident that occurred on February 21, 2012, around 11 a.m. at an East San Diego County intersection. According to Sonny Saghera, a spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue Department, the teen was trying to cross the tracks when an eastbound train hit him at La Mesa Boulevard and Spring Street.
Emergency crews had to pull the boy out from underneath the trolley. Medics responding to this serious train accident took him to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. If it hadn’t been for the conductor’s quick response, the boy could have lost his life. Read the rest »