Public transportation can be a very convenient way of getting around San Diego and its environs, particularly the Metro transit system’s “red-line” trolley system. If you live in San Diego, you will know that the red trolley can take you in and around the city, while blue, orange, and green serve the downtown and further afield areas. If you want to visit the coast, you need the appropriately-named Coaster service, while the SPRINTER light railway system serves a 22-mile stretch between Oceanside and Escondido. Each of these train and trolley services offers the advantages of being convenient, affordable and easily accessible, while also carrying less risk of injury than the average car journey. However, the fact remains that train and trolley accidents do occur, potentially inflicting injuries on passengers.
If you have been involved in a San Diego train or trolley accident, sustaining serious injuries, an expert attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP will work tirelessly to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
What You Need to Know About San Diego Train/Trolley Accidents
According to the most recent statistics, relating to 2017 train accidents across the United States:
- 11,597 train accidents occurred
- 8,553 injuries were sustained
- 864 fatalities were recorded
These figures are not significantly different to those for the previous year, when 2016 saw:
- 11,342 train accidents
- 8,617 injuries
- 757 fatalities
As the statistics show, there are a relatively low number of train accidents, as you may expect, however there is a high risk of serious injuries and fatalities occurring when such an incident does happen. Did you know the California has the highest number of train accidents, injuries and fatalities in the entire United States?
While you cannot prevent your train or trolley from becoming involved in an accident, you can ensure that you get excellent legal representation after such an incident, by choosing to work with a Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP San Diego train/trolley accident attorney.
Common Causes of Train and Trolley Accidents in San Diego
The Metro Transit System, which can take you around San Diego city and surroundings, is the sixth oldest trolley system in America, and carries around 120,000 passengers every day. Accidents on the trolley system can occur either inside or outside the trollies themselves, with some of the common causes encountered by a San Diego train/trolley accident attorney tending to include:
- The trolley driver making a sudden and unexpected stop
- Pedestrians or cyclists wandering onto the trolley’s tracks
- Poorly maintained tracks
- Negligent or reckless behavior on the part of the trolley driver
- Defective trolley cars, or component parts
While nobody wants to be involved in a train or trolley accident, in San Diego or elsewhere, the legal guidance and support of an expert attorney can prevent the experience from becoming any worse than necessary.
Speak to a San Diego Train/Trolley Accident Attorney Today
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in train or trolley accident, you should speak to a San Diego attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP immediately.
For your free initial consultation, where you can secure our expert legal representation, call us today on 619-630-0205.