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Train Accident Claims Man’s Life in Oceanside

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

A freight train accident claimed a man’s life in Oceanside recently, according to a news report from NBC San Diego. According to investigators, the man was walking on or near the train crossing at Mission Avenue when the freight train, operated by BSNF, struck him.
At least one eyewitness was present at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m. He reported that it looked like the man was trying to cross the train tracks as the train approached. The witness described the train’s whistle blowing and the train braking, but it was unable to stop before the collision occurred.

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Pedestrian Struck By Train in Sorrento Valley

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 21, 2012 - Comments off

18-year-old Luis Cortez was struck and injured in a severe pedestrian accident that occurred on February 20, 2012, around 3 p.m. in Sorrento Valley. According to the sheriff’s department, Cortez was walking on the railroad tracks near the Sorrento Valley Station when a northbound AMTRAK train traveling at 45 mph struck him.
Cortez sustained minor injuries and was put on the train to the Solana Beach Station by AMTRAK personnel after examining his condition. He was later transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla for medical treatment.

Based upon a reading of Section 21950, it is quite possible that both the train conductor and pedestrian may be responsible for this pedestrian accident. If the AMTRAK operator saw or could have seen the pedestrian crossing the rail tracks, this accident could have been prevented. Further, because the pedestrian may not be 100% at fault and the driver 100% fault-free under their responsibilities set forth by California law, the family of the pedestrian may still be able to recover damages.
In situations such as this one, where a pedestrian is the victim of a serious train accident, the family members of the victim may benefit from speaking with a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer.
Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim do not prove fatal.

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Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Train in Rialto

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 10, 2012 - Comments off

A person was fatally struck by an eastbound Metrolink commuter train on January 4, 2012, around 6 p.m. near Acacia Avenue. According to San Bernardino County coroner’s office, the pedestrian was struck by the train as he walked on the tracks. At this time, it is unknown whether the victim was a man or boy.
Rialto police Sgt. Robert Smith said that identification process to take some time given the battered condition of the body. From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted that he did not notice the victim? Or was it the victim’s failure to observe safety signals?
At this time, the victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County train accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then the train conductor and his employer might be legally required to compensate the victim’s family for the cost of funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
Our personal injury law office sends sincere condolences to victim’s family members.

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Person Killed in Fatal Inland Train Accident

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on October 20, 2011 - Comments off

An unidentified person was found dead on the Rancho Cucamonga railroad tracks on October 14, 2011, around 4:30 a.m. According to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, the deceased was hit and killed by a Metrolink train. Amtrak police are investigating the collision.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted? Was the victim negligent and failed to observe safety signals? Was he drunk or attempting to commit suicide by this act? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then the conductor and his employer might be legally required to compensate the deceased person’s family for the cost of funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The deceased’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles train accident attorney who will advise them about their legal rights and options.
Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew the deceased for such a tragic loss.

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Corona Freight Train Accident Injures Pedestrian

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on September 19, 2011 - Comments off

A young woman believed to be in her early 20s suffered serious injuries in a train accident that occurred on September 14, 2011, around 3:38 a.m. northwest of Magnolia Avenue and Neece Street in Corona. According to Sgt. Adam Roulston, the pedestrian suffered bumps, bruises, and a four-inch gash on one leg and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.
There is limited information about the accident and there is a possibility that the train driver may be responsible for the accident. Did he ignore a signal? Was he distracted and did not notice the pedestrian? The injured woman should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate her about her legal rights and options and assure that the at-fault train driver is brought to justice.
As for now, the injured pedestrian can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault train driver to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related damages.
Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon.

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Pedestrian Struck in Victorville Train Accident

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on September 14, 2011 - Comments off

An unidentified 32-year-old man was struck by a BNSF train on September 8, 2011, around 7:41 a.m. near Bear Valley and Ridgecrest Roads, less than a mile west of Victor Valley Community College. According to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, the pedestrian suffered major injuries.
The injured pedestrian was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center to receive treatment for the injuries suffered. From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted that he did not notice the pedestrian? Or was it the man who failed to observe safety signals? Was he unable to calculate the distance between him and the approaching train? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then he could be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the pedestrian. Investigating officers need to determine what led to this serious pedestrian wreck and who is at fault.
The injured victim should seek counsel with an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer to obtain compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages.
Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon.

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San Diego Train Accident Attorneys

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on March 14, 2011 - Comments off

Trains are a great way to transport goods and people in a quick and efficient way. Regardless of the type, trains have the capacity to cause catastrophic accidents. In the past, many people have been seriously injured or even died from train accidents.
The Jurewitz Law Group’s lawyers and law firm are skilled train accident attorneys. We have taken on train accident cases in the past and they have yielded successful results. Please click on the link above for more information or call 888-233-5020 for a free consultation.

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Metrolink Train Accident Kills Car Driver

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 4, 2010 - Comments off

An unidentified man in his 70s was killed in a fatal Los Angeles train accident that occurred on November 29, 2010, around 9:35 a.m. at Francisquito Avenue, approximately 116 miles from San Diego. Sherita Coffelt of Metrolink said that train number 304 was heading from Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino when it struck the elderly man’s car, killing him.
The elderly motorist was pronounced dead at the accident scene by the authorities. Two passengers in the train also suffered injuries in this train accident and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted that he did not notice the victim’s car? At the same time was it the elderly person’s failure to observe safety signals? Was he unable to calculate the distance between his car and approaching train? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then the train conductor and his employer might be legally required to compensate the elderly person’s family for the cost of funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The deceased’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will advise them about their legal rights and options.

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San Diego Train Accident Kills Pedestrian

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on September 22, 2010 - Comments off

Roger Lee Bailey, 46, while trying to cross the train tracks in the North San Diego County city of Oceanside, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on September 18, 2010 around 11:55 p.m. Oceanside Police Sgt. Travis Norton said that the man was trying to cross the tracks on the 200 block of Surfrider Way when he tripped and was struck by San Diego bound train.
The train stopped at the accident scene to await investigating officers from San Diego County Sherriff’s Department. The exact reason of Bailey’s presence on the tracks is not clear, although it appears that he was trying to cross the railroad track and may have been trying to “beat” the train. It is also not clear whether Bailey was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or sober when this fatal train accident occurred.
The exact cause of this injury accident still remains under investigation. If it is found that the train driver’s negligence or inattentiveness caused this fatal train accident, then he and Amtrak might be held responsible for the victim’s death and may be civilly liable to pay the cost of his funeral, loss of earnings, and loss of love and companionship. More facts are needed to determine if this is the case.
In the meantime, nothing can be said that would console or help Mr. Bailey’s friends and family in a time like this. The loss of a loved one is never easy but it is particularly hard when it happens in an accident where someone may be legally responsible for their death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bailey’s friends and family. We wish them peace.

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Orange County Man Struck and Seriously Injured by Trains Twice in Two Weeks

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on March 1, 2010 - Comments off

A 57-year old California man faced grave injuries in an Orange County train accident as he fell onto the tracks at a station in Irvine on February 23, 2010. Ironically, the man was hit exactly two weeks before by a train in Laguna Nigel in which he got dragged 90 feet causing amputation of his wrist.
Although the man’s injuries are said to be serious, they are not life-threatening. He is also being mentally evaluated. Being struck by trains twice in two weeks indicates a heightened possibility that the man played a part in causing one or both accidents. He may have, in fact, been trying to commit suicide. However, such conclusions are premature and we have to wait for the treatment and evaluation to be completed.
Trains are extremely dangerous. They have a huge mass capable of seriously injuring or killing multiple persons at one time given the speed at which they travel and that they cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions. It is always a smart idea to give trains and trolleys wide berth and to stand back away from train tracks when trains pass.

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