Public transportation is essential to those living in California. The Metrolink in Los Angeles connects commuters traveling between Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County. The Metrolink is one of the most heavily traveled regional rail systems in the United States.
In 2016, more than 100 million travelers rode on the Metrolink rail system. The Metrolink takes millions of people across the state, and unfortunately, this rail system has the third highest number of reported passenger fatalities.
Railroad and train accidents also cause numerous personal injuries in the state of California. Train crashes and collisions, along with train spills, can result in massive damage to property and severe personal injuries.
Every 90 minutes there is a train derailment or accident in California and approximately every two weeks, hazardous material is spilled from a train that goes off the tracks. When accidents occur on trains or the Metrorail, they tend to be severe and devastating.
If you have suffered any personal injury related to a train or Metrolink accident in the California, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages, disfigurement, embarrassment, rehabilitations, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
California Metrolink passengers who are victims of an accident are allowed to seek damages from whoever is responsible for the accident. However, a recent federal regulation has limited the damages that can be awarded to victims after a train accident.
Train operators and Metrolink operators have a heightened standard of care regarding their responsibilities and duty of care to passengers as “common carriers” because they are responsible for the safety of so many passengers every day. They must exercise the “utmost care and diligence” regarding their duties as train operators. This heightened standard of care applies not only to train operators but also to the manufacture, maintenance, design and operation of the train system as a whole.
While there are sometimes caps on damages in a train accident, you still have a legal right to a personal injury claim and the right to receive just compensation. An experienced train accident attorney can be crucial to navigating the difficult litigation in these cases to ensure you receive full compensation.