A California train crash, such as the recent Chatworth Metrolink debacle, is one of the most devastating things one will ever have the misfortune of being caught up in. Merely seeing, or hearing about such a nightmare of mangled sheet-metal, steel, dead bodies and dramatically wounded victims, is enough to make one weep.
The State of California is one of the top ten economies in the world. It is full of various types of transportation transporting goods and tourists to many of the tourist attractions in the state. The sheer number of California residents, combined with the Greater Los Angeles metropolis areas, and intensified by the variety of tourist attractions, creates countless common carrier accidents every year (learn more about common carriers here.) Many of the victims in these calamities are unwitting tourists seeking relaxing vacations. Even more individuals are injured by city Buses and Light Rail trains transporting people around California’s congested metropolis areas.
If you have been involved a railway crash, like a train accident, or Metrolink wreck, you need the experienced train injury lawsuit attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC. There is so much you need to know about these cases before trying to pursue one on your own, even if you are a well trained lawyer. For example, did you know that CalTrans is often involved in these types of serious injury cases, and could quite possibly be a named defendant.
This detailed information herein deals with understanding, litigating and prevailing when one is made to suffer from the terrible events arising from negligent operations of the Greater Los Angeles Metrolink system. First, let’s discuss what make us different and why we are a leader in personal injury law generally. Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, is a regular user of the Metrolink transportation system, and he sees on a day to day basis, the lackadaisical attitude of the government employees who run it, and how it stands to reason that safety, along with basic customer service, could easily fall through the cracks in such a non competitive system.
Due to our great leader’s close up view of this light rail system, his having befriended passengers and crew, we have our finger on the local pulse. We are not just some big firm who sues people a lot. We are also advocates in the real world, trying to make positive changes by educating the public. For example, Ehline works with military veterans, trying to help them gain work experience and learn marketing. Michael also donates his time to the Circle of Legal Trust, teaching fellow attorneys how to brand their firms, and reach the public with a positive message about lawyers. Michael Ehline is a disabled veteran himself, so he understands the terrible outcomes of lifetime disabilities. So when he is out there face to face with the real victims, he is able to quickly drift from attorney mode, into real person mode.
Because of this man of and for the people background, we have developed friendships and have led many rail accident claims for people that hired us, just because they knew us as fellow travelers. So trust, relationship building, and the eternal spirit of resistance to tyranny makes us much different that any California law firm you will ever run across, bar none. You see, we are not just any law firm. We are run by a real person who is a victim himself, who rose like a phoenix from the ashes, to pass the Bar Exam and become practicing lawyer prior to have a college degree, and then who went to law school and practiced law in the day, to earn his law degree, to prove it could be done (read more). We have lawyers who have gone through real life experiences with real people, in the military, and in regular warehouse type jobs.
What makes us better? What makes us different? Easy, the all American Ehline difference. We make it happen because we have one philosophy, “Do or Die”. You won’t hear excuses from us. We believe that equality means giving everyone the same opportunity. Equity means allowing people to sink or swim based on their performance and ability. Read on and learn more, or call us and get a face to face consult at 888.400-9721.
Locomotive Accidents Are Common Worldwide
Train accidents are not uncommon across the globe. In Southern California and across the country, these can cause severe injury, such as the September 12, 2008 Chatsworth train accident. These could lead to serious injuries for children and the spillage or leakage of trade goods and toxic chemicals.
Our attorneys are second to none when dealing with large companies out to rook the victims. Between 1960-2001 train wrecks resulted in 13,136 fatal injuries. This averages 325 fatalities per year. This is greater than the 3,061 fatal aircraft injuries from 1960-2001.
We know the severe issues that can come along with a train injury. These could include injuries such as broken bones, teeth, brain injuries, or severe pain. This and the opiate drugs taken to treat them have led to addiction issues. If any of these issues sounds familiar, you must know your rights. The insurance company could try and bilk you through misleading statements and getting you to say things that go against your rights. Having an attorney that can avoid that is vital.
A serious train crash in the state of California can destroy more than just lives. When faced with a Metrolink, light rail, or other crash the local attorneys at Ehline Law are there for you.
- 3,000 train crashes per year;
- 1,000 train crash deaths per year;
- Approximately every 14 days there is a toxic chemical spill. This often results in forced evacuations of the public and homeowners.
- Every year, at least 600 rail-stations and thousands of miles of railroad tracks are in use throughout the United States.
- More than fifty percent of train accidents occur at unprotected railway crossings.
- For the most part, railroad safety measures have not been updated in many years.
- Train derailments or collisions occur approximately every ninety minutes
- The public has not been sufficiently trained in train safety.
When you see these statistics, it can be seen how this could cause so many chemical or toxic spills. Train derailments are often the result of negligence, often by the engineer, conductor, or safety officer. Some of these cases result in the train striking a passenger vehicle. A recent case showed a suicidal person parking their car on the track, contributing to a Metrolink accident and other serious injuries.
Metro Light Rail Accidents
Our skills make us second to none in Southern California, including paying for lost wages, medical bills, future medical costs, pain and suffering and even punitive damages. Don’t wait after the results of a train accident due to collision, mechanical failure, faulty tracks, or sabotage. The railway company is responsible for stopping these types of incidents before they occur and when they don’t, they can be held liable.
This case involves many moving parts and will be difficult. There could be overlapping state, federal and local statutes, codes, laws and administrative procedures. An attorney needs to have knowledge in all of these fields and the experience to bring it to court. Our never give up attitude and existing track record show why we’ve earned our stripes.
About Metrolink Travel
The Metrolink system is a vital thoroughfare for the greater Los Angeles area, including the Inland Empire like Riverside and San Bernardino and parts of Orange County. These total 73.1 miles of rail, 62 stations, and 276,900 daily weekday boardings as of June 2006. This also includes all of the bridges, subways, and tunnels needed for operation and the risk thereof. This can also expand to doors that cause injury, pedestrians hit by railway cars, or collisions. The speed and weight of these trains, as well as the lack of seat-belts, can cause severe injuries. Victims can be thrown like a rag-doll and face cuts, cracked skulls, or being ejected out of a window. Larger populations also lead to more people using park and rides for the commuter trains..
The Conveniences and Risks of Traveling the Light Rail System
This type of transportation primarily helps lower income people get around the city and medium to upper income people going out and about. The system is the seventh most used commuter rail system in the country and represents the second most deaths on similar systems, only behind New Jersey transit. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FTA), 39 of 61 deaths on trains were those involving the Los Angeles based light rail system. For example, Metrolink catastrophes in Glendale, California and the Metro Rail Chatsworth wreck of 2008 were the deaths counted.From the years 1998 to 2008, the Metrolink light rail system absorbed a total of 99 deaths, more than any other rail transport system in the country.
Getting Help From a Metrolink Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has faced a disaster like this, the Ehline Law Firm is here to help. Our lawyers are caring with our clients and bulldogs in the court. Our experience and specialization in metro and light rail cases make us a must. We are a contingency fee company– we don’t charge until you win. Call us today for a free consultation.