To think that there are safety measures that could have been taken to prevent accidents just like this one is unacceptable. Companies who engage in any type of business must be held accountable for their actions that end up killing or permanently injuring people
Chatsworth, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink passenger train was involved in a head-on collision with a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, California, just 20 minutes north of Los Angeles.
The law firm of Slaughter & Slaughter in Los Angeles announced that they are joining the reconciliation efforts and will be provided free legal consultations to those who have lost a loved one or have been seriously injured in the catastrophic Chatsworth Metrolink train accident.
"Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones and those who have been seriously injured in this tragic train accident in Chatsworth. Our attorneys will be available to provide free in-person or telephone consultations to victims of this devastating crash," said Reza Torkzadeh an attorney at Slaughter & Slaughter who handles serious personal injury and wrongful death claims.
222 passengers were onboard the Metrolink commuter during the crash. This devastating train crash resulted in 25 fatalities, over 130 injuries, 50 of those are in critical condition and being treated at local trauma centers and hospitals.
"Safety should be our main priority. It is not uncommon for accidents to happen, and they often do happen, however, we must be sure that our transportation services are the safest of anywhere else in the world," said Torkzadeh, who is also an alumnus of Chatsworth High School. "To think that there are safety measures that could have been taken to prevent accidents just like this one is unacceptable. Companies who engage in any type of business must be held accountable for their actions that end up killing or permanently injuring people," said Torkzadeh.
Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell announced, less than 24 hours after the crash, that it was one of Metrolink's engineer's who failed to stop at a red light. "We don't know how the error happened, but this is what we believe happened. We believe it was our engineer who failed to stop at the signal," said Tyrrell. Tyrrell resigned from her post on Monday September 15, 2008 after being criticized for her premature comments.
The National Transportation Safety Board has since taken over the accident investigation and has stated that it may take up to one year to determine the exact cause(s) of the accident. There have been reports that the engineer who purportedly missed the red light was sending text messages just prior to the crash. Federal investigators are now focusing on these reports to determine the cause of the Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth.
The Amtrak Reform Accountability Act of 1997 limits by statute the amount railroad passengers may recover from a single accident to an aggregate of $200 million. However, this does not apply to non-passenger liability for which Amtrak purchases excess liability limits beyond this cap. It is unclear how this cap will play out since it has never been challenged or tested in the courts.
If you have lost a loved one or have been seriously injured in the recent Chatsworth Metrolink train accident, call today for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to compensation. California law has certain time limits in which you have to bring a claim. Don't delay, call now for a complete legal consultation: 888.222.8286