Casilina Gallagher Accident: 33-Year-Old Casilina Gallagher Died In Montecito Train Accident By The Olive Mill Road Off-ramp
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA (November 19, 2018) A 33-year-old woman identified as Casilina Gallagher has tragically died in a train accident on Olive Mill Road near a curve in the tracks.
Montecito police are saying that the victim was hit by a passenger train around 7:10 a.m. The engineer saw the woman on the tracks and sounded the horn. But the train was not able to stop in time and hit the woman.
Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. But Casilina Gallagher was later pronounced dead due to her injuries.
The train accident took place as the passenger train was coming around a curve. There is an active investigation into how the accident took place.
Liability In Train Accidents
There are a number of entities that could face liability for the train accident that killed Casilina Gallagher. Far too often, pedestrians are immediately blamed when they are killed or injured in a train accident. But a number of factors may make a train accident more likely. For example, a railroad company or city may be liable for a train accident if it was caused by issues with visibility or line of sight.
Trains always have the right of way and drivers as well as pedestrians should yield to them. However, for this to happen a driver or pedestrian must be properly informed of an oncoming train. This entails that pedestrians and drivers have an adequate line of sight to oncoming trains. Here are just a few of the ways that line of sight at a railroad section can be interrupted.
Foliage or buildings can obscure the line of sight at a railroad crossing. This is dangerous because a pedestrian or driver will not be able to see a speeding train coming towards them until it’s a few meters away.
The angle of the roadway can also create a hazardous situation. Sections of track that move along a curve create a blind spot for pedestrians and drivers.
The incline of a road leading up to a rail crossing can create problems with a line of sight as well.
Even if a person deliberately puts themselves on a set of train tracks, this doesn’t remove a train operators duty to keep a watchful eye of the tracks. The family of a person that died in a train accident may be able to pursue a claim for damages. It’s important to seek the advice of an experienced wrongful death attorney following a train accident. They can investigate your claim for free and let you know if there are any potential issues with line of sight at a railway crossing.
Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Attorney
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Casilina Gallagher as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that city officials will investigate this accident site thoroughly. Curves in the road by railroad crossings can be particularly dangerous. It would be deeply unfortunate if a similar accident were to happen again.
If someone that you love has been killed in a train accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We’ve been helping families across California for over 40 years and we will fight hard to get you the justice that you deserve. We have the staff and resources to thoroughly investigate your claim. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are need a police report after an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
LINDSEY HOLDEN. Woman hit and killed by Amtrak train in Montecito. November 16, 2018