Many of our readers may be familiar with the horrific train accident that occurred near Chatsworth, California back in Sept. 2008. The deadly train accident claimed the lives of 25 individuals, including the engineer, and injured 135 others. Forty-six of those people suffered critically serious injuries and total damages associated with the collision numbered in the neighborhood of $12 million. This accident wasn't just a catastrophic event for the state of California, but for the entire country.
Train accidents can often have unfortunate if not tragic results, especially in situations where pedestrians are either directly struck or hit by flying debris. The trial of a recent wrongful death lawsuit began in a California courtroom, filed by the families of two young women who were killed in a train accident in 2007. While the Union Pacific railroad claims that the women's actions led to their deaths, the plaintiff's lawsuit contends that the train's engineer should have been able to stop in time to spare the women's lives if he had been following the rules surrounding railroad operations.
When cars get into collisions with trains, catastrophic injuries are often the result for the occupants of the much smaller vehicles. One recent California train accident caused fatal injuries to a woman who was only in her mid-20s. At last report, officials were still investigating the exact factors surrounding the train collision and the woman's potential wrongful death.
Train accidents typically occur without warning, and when they also involve smaller vehicles they can be devastating. California authorities are trying to piece together the factors leading to a recent train accident that resulted in the potentially wrongful death of one man. A second man, the driver of the two men's vehicle, was transported to an area hospital with significant injuries.
In what might have been a public safety nightmare, a commuter train and Metro bus collided in downtown Los Angeles at the end of August. There were approximately 50 passengers on the Metro bus at the time of the collision, and 32 individuals were taken to area hospitals with injuries after the potentially serious accident. It doesn't appear that any passengers on the train were injured.
Four years ago, a deadly Los Angeles train accident devastated many California families. The train had failed to stop at a red signal light and slammed into a freight train, leaving 25 people dead and dozens of other individuals with serious injuries. A fund to compensate the victims and their families was established in 2011, but now many of them feel this compensation was inadequate.
California drivers probably don't think about the risks involved with driving across train tracks. We don't hear about train accidents often, and we assume that there will be warning lights and gates to tell us when a train is approaching. With forces as strong as freight trains crossing roadways, however, it is important that both trains and automobiles take care to operate safely in order to avoid a serious accident. Unfortunately, these accidents are not always avoidable.
California drivers are likely aware of how devastating a crash between a train and an automobile can be. Trains are huge forces that can cause serious injuries and even death when involved in collisions. Unfortunately, not all accidents of this type can be avoided.
Almost 60 percent of train operators say that they rarely get an adequate night's sleep on a work night, says a recent study from the National Sleep Foundation. The survey also reveals that 26 percent of train operators believe their lack of sleep affects their job performance, and 18 percent of train operators responding to the survey have made a serious mistake, or had a "near miss" accident due to lack of adequate sleep. All of these factors, in California and across the nation, have the potential to cause serious injuries or even wrongful death in train accidents.