Facts About Metro Link Accidents

Railroad accidents happen for various reasons and affect train riders, railroad workers and possibly by-standing civilians. In California, the Metrolink commuter train has made news several times throughout its history. The most horrifying crash happened in January 2005.

If you or a loved one have been injured in the recent Metrolink crash, contact one of our personal injury attorneys.

On January 26, 2005, a 26-year old suicidal man decided to end his life. He parked his Jeep on the tracks in suburban Glendale, awaiting his destiny. In the last minute, however, Juan Manuel Alvarez changed his mind and abandoned the vehicle as a Metrolink train approached. The train crashed into the Jeep, derailed and then slammed into another oncoming train. The deadly crash resulted in 11 fatalities and 100 injuries.

The Metrolink trains involved in this collision were the Metrolink#901, traveling between Los Angeles Union Station and Burbank and the Metrolink #100, traveling between Moorpark and Los Angeles.

After the crash, accusations have been made, blaming Metrolink for partial responsibility for the collision. Many people believe if the train had an engine in the front, most of the impact would have been absorbed and passengers would have been protected from any injury. At the same time, the engine cab at the front would have given the engineer much better visibility than the small booth at the front of the Metrolink passenger car.

Metrolink has made a promise to its customers to do all that is in their power to provide up-most care and to make their safety the number one priority, many feel that Metrolink has failed its promise. Metrolink is now being accused of failing to anticipate dangerous situations, as Alvarez's entering the tracks could have been prevented with adequate restrictions.

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If you or a loved one have been injured in the Metrolink crash and you would like to learn about your legal options, contact one of our personal injury attorneys.

Did You Know?

Saftey projects continue to grow anually.

State and federal government funding for railroad safety projects continues to remain at over $23 million, according to the state Department of Finance. While one single project can cost as much as $20 million alone, nationwide, the federal government has budgeted about $100 million this year for safety projects.

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