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DC Metro Railway Accident Kills Two Veteran Workers

Public transportation rail systems and trains are potentially very hazardous—not only to pedestrians and patrons but to maintenance workers working on the system. Unfortunately, this proved true yesterday when two veteran employees of Washington, DC’s Metro system–Jeff Garrard, 49, and Sung Duk Oh, 68–lost their lives as they were crushed beneath a maintenance truck.

This tragic workplace accident happened around 1:45 a.m. on January 26, 2010, near Rockville, Maryland while the workers were installing new train control equipment on the track bed. They usually ended their shift at 11:30 p.m. but were working overtime at the time. The maintenance truck that hit the victims had four employees inside it. Jim Graham, chairman of the Metro Board of Directors said that “the tragedy was a direct result of human error.”

The victims were known to have impeccable track records and had not laxed in their services to Metro. With over 10,000 hours of experience between them, Garrard and Oh were fastidious and always careful. Yet, they lost their lives due to someone else’s carelessness and negligence. Both Garrard and Oh lived in Montgomery County, Maryland. Garrard is survived by a wife and teenage daughter (pictured above, photo courtesy of this Washington Post story). It is always very difficult losing a loved one. In normal circumstances it becomes hard to adjust to someone’s passing away. But if a cherished person loses his life to such carelessness, the wounds never seem to heal. Our prayers go out to Garrard’s and Oh’s family.

In addition, this is not an accident unique to Washington DC’s public transportation system. It could have just as easily happened in San Diego or anywhere in California’s many public transportation services. One has to wonder whether the late hours and long hours that the crews were working also played a factor in this industrial accident. Many times accidents like these occur when workers are fatigued.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a San Diego workplace accident, please contact San Diego industrial accident lawyer and the San Diego personal injury attorneys. You may also contact the San Diego truck accident lawyers for a free consultation and helpful information.

La Jolla Community Says Goodbye to 9-year Old San Diego Girl

The La Jolla, California community gave their final good wishes and thoughts for young Ashley Heffington’s soul on Sunday. Ashley was a 9-year old girl who died 12 days after her family’s car was hit by an SUV near the San Diego Sports Arena on New Year’s Eve. Locals visited the La Jolla Presbyterian Church to honor the little girl’s memory and have started a memorial fund to help out the family.

Ashley suffered major bodily injuries from the serious car crash before she finally succumbed nearly two weeks later. The driver of the SUV is suspected of driving under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the car crash. You can read more of the serious La Jolla car crash that took away this young girl’s life in this CBS8.com story.

We believe that tragic losses such as Ashley’s life are major eye-openers to everyone, reminding them about the importance of driving safely. It is important to be as clear-minded and as attentive as possible when driving, especially when traffic is the busiest. We hope and pray for Ashley Heffington’s soul to rest in peace and for the safety of all San Diegans.

If you or any of your loved ones are victims of a La Jolla auto accident and are in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact La Jolla car accident lawyer and the San Diego, CA personal injury lawyers for more information. You can also contact the San Diego accident attorneys for helpful information and a free initial consultation.

Recent Jury Verdict Demonstrates the Risk of Litigation

Clients occasionally seem to be puzzled by the fact that, sometimes, even if they win a trial they might not obtain any monetary recovery. They generally realize that they could lose a trial–that the jury might decide completely against them. But not receiving money for injuries after a jury decides in their favor? Unimaginable.

However, the following recent jury verdict shows that this can happen and demonstrates how it can happen.

Pfc. Jesse Klingler was injured when he was shot at close range with a blank round by an actor hired by a local TV production company. The TV production company was working with the Marines to conduct a simulated interrogation during a military training exercise. Pfc. Klingler was participating as an on-duty marine in the exercise.

A jury awarded Pfc. Klingler $91,000. However, due to litigation strategy, allocation of fault, and the jury’s verdict, Pfc. Klingler will not receive any portion of that verdict.