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SAN FRANCISCO: Man In Walker Injured In BART Train Accident At Balboa Park Station


Sep 17, 2019

San Francisco BART Train Accident: Man In Walker Injured In San Francisco BART Train Accident At Balboa Park Station

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (September 16, 2019) – A man in a walker was seriously injured in a BART train accident at the Balboa Park Station after falling onto the tracks. 

Balboa Park Station officials are saying that the man was using a walker when he accidentally fell onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train. 

Firefighters were called to the scene in order to help the victim. He was pinned in between the side of the train and the track walls. 

The victim was rushed to the San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Balboa Park Station Train Accidents

All train stations have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner. According to California Civil Code 1714, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

Depending on the facts of any case a train station could be held liable if a person falls on the tracks. For example, if there are defects in the walkway leading up to the train this could cause a person to fall. There are a number of measures that train stations can take to help prevent falls. A number of train station have installed protective railing to prevent passengers from falling into the tracks. In order to win a personal injury claim against a train station the plaintiff must demonstrate that:

  1. The train station owed a duty to keep their premises safe for travelers.
  2. The train station breached this duty by failing to use adequate care to maintain their premises.
  3. The train station’s breach was the direct cause of an accident.
  4. The plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the accident.  

Train accident victims are often left with very serious and costly injuries. Victims of train station accidents may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident. Evidence should be preserved and eye witness statement should be collected. A train accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Getting Help After A Balboa Park Station Train Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this San Francisco train station accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to San Francisco police department as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that Balboa Park Station officials will take measures to help prevent accidents like this in the future. 

If you or someone that you care about has been in a train accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that companies take positive steps towards improving safety. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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