One of the greatest safety drawbacks of a train is its inability to stop quickly in the case of an emergency. An 8-car passenger train, moving at 80 miles per hour, needs about a mile of tracks to stop. Because of this, common carriers, such as trains, subways and trolleys, owe a heightened duty of care to their passengers under applicable state and federal law. Therefore, if you are injured due to the negligence of a railway company or operator of a common carrier, you are entitled to receive money damages for their breach of the applicable duty of care.
That is precisely where one California woman’s family finds themselves after she was struck and killed by a train one weekday morning. The accident occurred in Santa Clara, California at around 8:00 AM at the Santa Clara station at 1001 Railroad Avenue. According to abc7news.com, the northbound train No. 423 was carrying approximately 125 passengers as it was approaching the station when the woman walked across the train’s path. The train was unable to stop in time and struck the woman. Officials are investigating further into the cause and circumstances of the collision. If the railroad company is found to have been negligent, such as by an inattentive driver or poorly maintained track guards, they may be liable for the woman’s death.
If you or a family member have been injured in a train accident, our Boston train accident attorneys will make sure that you receive all the money damages you are justly entitled to. Please call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today for your free and confidential consultation. Time may be a factor, so please call today!