Attorneys Handling Metrolink Train Accident Case In Los Angeles, CA -
Our mass tort lawyers continue to investigate the various contributing factors and responsible parties for the Metrolink train accident outside Los Angeles in Chatsworth, California. The train was being operated by employees of Veolia Transportation and crashed after the engineer failed to stop at a flashing red signal and crashed into an oncoming Union Pacific engine. 26 people were killed as a result of the train crash, including the Metrolink engineer. Over 100 people were injured, many seriously. Traverse Legal's goal, like the victims and their families whose lives have been changed forever, is to make sure that changes are made so that a train accident like this never occurs again. Metrolink and Veolia Transportation's failures led the deadliest train accident in the last several decades. Metrolink, Veolia Transportation and other parties potentially contributing to this accident need to be held accountable. Potential claimants should note that there may be a six (6) month statute of liability for claims against Metrolink (and perhaps Veolia) under California Law. This means a claim should (and possibly 'must') be filed within six months of the date of accident.
Traverse Legal's metrolink lawyers are exploring the following possible theories of liability against Metrolink, Veolia Transportation and others ...
- Cell phone use at or near the time the commuter train engineer failed to stop at the Chatsworth signal.
- Negligent training or safety process by Metrolink or Veloia.
- Negligent train operation by Pacific Union.
- Negligent design and operation of the safety signals or safe stopping systems.
- Metrolink's failure to adopt available collision-avoidance and crash worthiness technology.
- Negligent failure to upgrade signal systems (investigators are close to ruling out signal failure).
- Negligence in dispatch operations, or in communication between the Metrolink engineer and conductor.
- Damages are generally computed on the basis of a victim's lost future wages, his or her state of health at the time of the accident, medical costs, dependent care costs and physical pain and mental anguish
Our attorneys are looking into reports that the engineer of a commuter train who ran through two red lights never hit his brakes in the final moments before last week's fatal collision with an oncoming freight train.
The NTSB has ruled out mechanical, track and train problems and it appears that track side signals were working properly. it also appears taht there is technology available which would automatically stop trains at red lights which was not implemented by metrolink at this accident site.
The Metrolink engineer hired by Velolia Transportation apparently suffered setbacks in recent years, including the suicide of his partner and may have been diabetic.
Our lawyers are also at the issue of railroad engineer certification which requires each railroad must train and then certify their engineers under a long list of federal rules.
There is a potential $200-million cap on liability that Congress imposed on individual railroads for their accidents and says that the damages from Friday's crash could top that mark if the cap is challenged or found not to apply to commuter railroads.