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UPDATE: Sacramento Train Accident Left 27 People Injured After Light Rail Passenger Train Rear-Ended Stopped Train


Aug 23, 2019

North Sacramento Train Derailment: Sacramento Train Accident Left 27 People Injured After Light Rail Passenger Train Rear-Ended Stopped Train By Marconi Avenue and Roseville Road

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (August 23, 2019) – At least 27 people were injured in a Sacramento train accident after a light rail passenger train rear-ended another train stopped for maintenance. 

Sacramento police are saying that the derailment took place around 9:38 p.m. between Marconi Avenue and Roseville Road. At least two of the passengers on the train sustained moderate injuries. 

But nearly half of those that were injured had to be hospitalized. Video footage of the aftermath showed multiple people taken away in stretchers. 

This accident comes at the same time that Amtrak and other train companies have come under pressure following a series of similar derailments. Technology exists to help prevent these types of accidents, but it has not been evenly distributed across the industry. Any person injured may have legal recourse by hiring a Sacramento train accident lawyer. 

Liability In Train Accidents

Trains are considered common carriers under the law. As such, train operators and companies are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.” There are numerous entities that could be held liable in the event of a train derailment. 

Train operators have a legal obligation to scan the tracks ahead of them and take measures to avoid collisions for other vehicles. When operators see something on the tracks they must use their horn and apply their brakes. If a train is moving at night it will be more difficult for operators to see the tracks ahead of them. It’s best to reduce a train’s speed at night. At the same time, however, trains are enormous which makes it nearly impossible for them to stop quickly.

UPDATE: Sacramento Train Accident Left 27 People Injured After Light Rail Passenger Train Rear-Ended Stopped Train

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According to Minnesota Safety Council, “Trains can’t stop quickly or swerve. The average freight train is about 1 to 1¼ miles in length (90 to 120 rail cars). When it’s moving at 55 miles an hour, it can take a mile or more to stop after the locomotive engineer fully applies the emergency brake. An 8-car passenger train moving at 80 miles an hour needs about a mile to stop.” At best, a train conductor can reduce the impact velocity of a collision by applying the brakes. 

Any train company that leaves their train on the tracks and contributes to a derailment may also be held liable. Train companies have a legal obligation to report their position and to not stay idle on the tracks. Moreover, any company that failed to properly service a train which left it idle on the tracks could potentially face liability in the event of an accident. Victims of train accidents often suffer from a wide variety of injuries including:

  • Broken ribs
  • Fractured necks
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Blunt trauma injuries
  • Broken legs 
  • Organ damage
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

Victims of a Sacramento train accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek follow up medical treatment after an accident. Many victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after a collision. A Sacramento train accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. 

Getting Help From A Sacramento Train Accident Lawyer

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this Sacramento train accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. This accident should never have taken place. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Sacramento train accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of Sacramento train accident lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the support that they are owed and that train companies are help to account for their actions. Whether you have questions about the law or need help with medical bills we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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