Train accidents can often have unfortunate if not tragic results, especially in situations where pedestrians are directly struck or hit by flying debris. Terrible accidents like this leave family members feeling robbed, as many believe that people are supposed to die from natural causes rather than tragic collisions. When an individual or business steals years from someone's life, there can be an obligation to pay financial compensation, to both surviving victims and their families. The decedent's family may have the right to file a wrongful death claim even if there is no clear case of negligence.
The last post brought an update on the NTSB's investigation into a fatal helicopter wreck that killed three people back in 2011. The NTSB concluded that the pilot made a dangerous and faulty decision to continue the flight despite bad weather for which the copter was not certified.
After around a year and a half, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has announced the results of its investigation into a fatal helicopter crash that killed a pilot, a Mayo Clinic surgeon, and a medical technician in December 2011.
Many California residents enjoy recreational activities like boating and racing on the open water. Few people expect these events to become deadly, but a recent practice run of a sailboat preparing for the America's Cup led to the death of a 36-year-old sailor. The potential wrongful death occurred after the Artemis Racing sailboat capsized and the man was pinned beneath the boat's wreckage. Reports indicate that the America's Cup leader plans to allow the preeminent race of the sailing world to go on as scheduled.
Drunk driving has been the center of an enormous amount of advocacy and policy research for decades. Despite all of this work, drunk driving is still one of the primary causes of fatal car accidents in California and the rest of the nation. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced a new proposal that it hopes could help prevent hundreds of these crashes every year: a new standard for drunk driving.
California authorities are still investigating a fatal collision between a tractor-trailer and a much smaller Toyota Tundra that took place in late April. The truck accident resulted in deadly injuries to the 18-year-old passenger of the Tundra. Additionally, the 18-year-old driver suffered what were described as major injuries, and the truck driver received a laceration on one of his hands.
A recent bizarre accident during a high school gym class led to the death of a boy on his 16th birthday. The incident took place while the teen was playing a game called 'Over the Line' at a California high school. Another boy hit a line drive softball that struck the teen directly in the chest. He reportedly told others that he was suffering chest pains shortly thereafter and was rushed from the school to receive medical treatment. Tragically, however, the boy suffered a potentially wrongful death, and officials pronounced him dead at the hospital.
It can be difficult for family members to make the decision to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a fatal California accident. However, sometimes it is the right decision to make in order to seek an additional level of justice for a loved one whose life has been cut short. A wrongful death lawsuit can also help cover the final expenses of someone who has been killed in a fatal truck accident and can help provide financially for dependents that have been left behind.
Pedestrians rarely survive the injuries that they suffer after being struck by trains. The great sizes of trains, in addition to the speeds at which they typically travel, often result in catastrophic injuries being suffered by pedestrians who are hit. One recent California train accident resulted in the death of a pedestrian; the first such fatality reported by Caltrain in 2013. Details in this case remain few and there is not yet any word on whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed.