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UPDATE: Jasmine Owens Taira Killed In Metrolink Train Accident In Canyon County near Rainbow Glen Drive and Soledad Canyon Road

Aug 9, 2019

Jasmine Taira Canyon County: Jasmine Owens Taira of Santa Clarita Killed In Metrolink Train Accident In Canyon County near Rainbow Glen Drive and Soledad Canyon Road

CANYON COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (August 9, 2019) – A 30-year-old woman identified as Jasmine Owens Taira was tragically killed in a Metrolink train accident near the intersection of Rainbow Glen Drive and Soledad Canyon Road.

A Spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said that the accident took place around 10:50 p.m. The train that hit Jasmine Owens Taira was the Antelope Valley Line 227 headed to Lancaster.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving efforts Jasmine Owens Taira later died due to her injuries. 

An investigation into the Canyon County train accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Train Accidents

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 270 train related deaths in the United States in 2018 and 819 injuries. Despite growing populations in cities train fatalities have dropped dramatically from a high of 728 in 1981. This has been due in part to better safety standards and increased pedestrian crossings. Despite what many people may believe, pedestrians are not always at fault for train accident. There are a number of ways in which a train operator or a city could be liable for an accident. 

  • Train operators may fail to spot and avoid pedestrians. Train engineers are supposed to keep their eyes on the tracks ahead and spot any pedestrians or other potential hazards. If a person is on the tracks a train operator should sound their horn and slow down. 
  • Cities must design, construct and maintain reasonably safe pedestrian crossings. A good pedestrian crossing should include both auditory and visual warnings about the presence of oncoming trains. A number of crossing arms malfunction putting pedestrians in peril. 
  • Train crossings must have an adequate line of sight. This allows pedestrians and cars to see oncoming trains and take evasive maneuvers. Buildings, trees or other objects can obscure a pedestrians line of sight and make accidents more likely. 

Determining liability in a train accident can be extremely complicated. It’s always smart to speak with an experienced train accident attorney following a collision. An attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. The family of any victim that died may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants may include a victim’s siblings, spouse, parents or children. 

Investigating A Train Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jasmine Owens Taira as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim’s family. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a train accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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