Fatal Caltrain Accidents Increasing in Summer 2011

The fatal collision in Sunnyvale on July 19 between a commuter train and an individual described as an adult male trespasser brought the 2011 death toll on the Caltrain system to 11, a total already greater than the 10 fatalities reported by the agency for all of 2010.

Caltrain maintains accident records indicating 19 fatalities along the system in 2009, 10 in 2010 and 11 so far in 2011. Of these 38 deadly accidents, 24 were determined to be suicides, with another 12 cases under investigation.

Fatal commuter train accidents can result from any number of causes, with suicide being the leading cause of death in recent years. In cases of derailment, grade-crossing accidents involving cars or bicycles, or other accident scenarios, it can be difficult to determine whether operator error, equipment malfunction, negligent station or signal design or other causes are primarily to blame for a given accident.

Trial Lawyers with a Record of Success in Public Transportation Accidents

Experienced attorneys who are familiar with the legal, procedural and evidentiary demands of wrongful death litigation against public transportation agencies can help the surviving families find out just went wrong in a fatal train accident. At Weber & Nierenberg, our lawyers have successfully resolved a number of serious or fatal accident cases involving Bay Area transit agencies.

We recovered a total of $9.1 million in four cases involving serious or fatal injuries resulting from negligent or intentionally tortious conduct on the part of Bay Area public transportation agencies and their employees. Weber & Nierenberg’s experience with the investigation and proof of personal injury and wrongful death claims in a wide variety of situations represents a powerful advantage in our clients’ favor.

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For additional information about our law firm’s experience with the resolution of complex tort claims in serious or fatal accident cases involving public transportation agencies in northern California, contact Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael. You can also learn about our practice by visiting our website.

BART Pays $1.3 Million to Settle Fruitvale Station Shooting Claim

The mother of Oscar Grant III, the young man fatally shot in Oakland by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009, has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against BART for $1.3 million, as reported by the San Francisco Examiner.

The settlement resolves the second of two civil lawsuits filed in connection with the shooting death. BART previously paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death action brought on behalf of the victim’s daughter, who was five years old at the time of the shooting.

Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who shot Grant while the victim lay face down on the Fruitvale Station platform, was released after serving 11 months of a two-year involuntary manslaughter sentence. He maintained that he thought he was firing a Taser instead of a gun.

Liability and Damages Claims against California Transit Agencies

Proof of personal injury or wrongful death claims against a public transportation agency require an aggressive approach to the investigation of the facts and careful attention to detail in the development of the damages side of the case. The advice and advocacy of experienced attorneys can help protect the value of the plaintiff’s claims whether based on negligence, intentional torts or a combination of liability theories.

With four offices around the Bay Area, the lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg are familiar with the demands of civil litigation against the various local and regional transit authorities operating throughout the region. In one case against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI), our law firm recovered $855,000 for a bus passenger who was forcibly removed from the bus by a driver with a history of violent confrontations with passengers.

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To find out more about the ways our attorneys can protect your rights in cases involving injuries resulting from negligent or intentional misconduct on the part of public transportation agencies and their employees, contact Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael. To learn more about the range of our law firm’s practice, see our website.

 
 
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