While trains are a smart way to move goods and passengers, they’re often in accidents that injure a large number of people. In February, for example, a commuter train derailment outside of Los Angeles sent 28 people to the hospital and left a tractor-trailer in flames. Only a week earlier, a 109-car train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia. One car’s momentum took it into a river that supplies local drinking water. Also in February, a commuter train in New York City’s suburbs hit an SUV that was sitting on the tracks, killing the driver and five passengers on the train. If you are injured in a train collision or a derailment in southern California, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical treatment and related expenses with the help of an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury attorney.
According to NBC News, the technology already exists that could make railway systems far safer, but experts say that implementing the technology would be difficult and expensive. The collision in California left three of the commuter train’s cars on their sides. The New York and West Virginia incidents are still being investigated.
The causes of train accidents include human error, negligence, and distraction; mechanical failures and defective parts; and improperly maintained tracks. When negligence is the cause of a train crash or a derailment, and you are injured because of that negligence, you have the right to be reimbursed for your medical treatment, lost income, and other injury-related expenses, but you’ll have to fight for that reimbursement with the help of a dedicated, experienced California personal injury attorney. If you’re injured in any train accident in southern California, first seek medical attention, and then speak as quickly as possible with an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury attorney.