Pedestrian Dies After Struck by Car on Phyllis Avenue in Mountain View

On March 4, 2013 on Phyllis Avenue in Mountain View, a 59-year old female pedestrian was struck by a car. The pedestrian suffered severe injuries, was hospitalized, and later died.

Police are conducting an investigation into the accident.

Every day, pedestrians take their lives in their hands by crossing busy streets. Pedestrian accidents are often serious or deadly, and require expert legal assistance. The personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in serious injury and wrongful death cases and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure all aspects are thoroughly covered. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

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.

Call 866-288-6010 for a Free Consultation in the Bay Area

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.

PG & E Record Flaws Exposed in San Bruno Explosion Investigation

Months after an explosion in a Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline killed eight people in San Bruno, maintenance documents released by the utility to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show conflicting information about repair work performed along the line for decades, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner.

The discrepancies concern the details of a 1998 leak a few miles away on the same high – pressure gas line. PG & E workers who repaired that leak reported problems and remedial steps different from those reported by the utility. In the wake of last year’s San Bruno explosion, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered the turnover of thousands of PG & E documents concerning safety, maintenance and repair records.

Comparing the documents to the utility’s previous statements, it appears that PG & E itself is yet to get a handle on the causes of leaks along its pipeline. For example, PG & E has previously stated that the pipeline was seamless, but the records show numerous welds and other repairs along lengthwise seams.

Complex Accident Investigation Depends on Careful Records Analysis

The San Bruno pipeline explosion case illustrates the complexity of investigating accidents involving public utilities. In civil actions for damages by the individuals and families most directly affected, it will be necessary to prove negligence on the part of the utility or its contractors in the design, installation or maintenance of the transmission line.

Because the most reliable and specific evidence of the causes of an accident will generally come from the records maintained by the utility itself, the failure to maintain proper maintenance and repair records can complicate the investigative efforts of plaintiffs’ lawyers as well as those of regulators. In some cases, however, proof of inadequate record – keeping practices by itself can help establish the plaintiff’s case for negligence.

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At the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our experience with the investigation and proof of complex personal injury claims against corporate and public agency defendants can make the decisive difference in the outcome of a catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death case.

Contact us for a free consultation in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael if you need advice about your legal options in the aftermath of a public utility accident, a bus or train crash, or an accident on government property. You can also visit our website.

San Bruno PG&E Gas Line Explosion & Fire

A catastrophic explosion occurred on Thursday, Sept. 9 in San Bruno, killing four people and injuring more than 50 others. The explosion and subsequent fire destroyed over 40 homes in the area after a gas line ruptured. The gas line was owned and operated by PG&E.

Third degree burns and smoke inhalation have been reported as main causes of injury to residents of the San Bruno community. Residents had reported smelling natural gas in the area in the days leading up to the explosion, which may be an indication that the blast could have been prevented. Twelve hours after the explosion, only 75 present of the fire was contained. Over 100 additional homes in the area have sustained extensive damage.

Help Victims of the San Bruno Explosion

The Red Cross has opened two shelters. One is at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno. The other is at the senior center adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center.

If you are interested in donating to assist those affected by the disaster call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit the Bay Area Red Cross at http://www.redcrossbayarea.org. For information on giving blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/.

San Bruno Explosion, Fire Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

For information on potential personal injury or wrongful death claims related to the San Bruno pipeline explosion please call Weber & Nierenberg at 415-788-3900. You can also email us for more information. Your consultation will be confidential and free of charge.

 
 
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