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Train Accidents Impact Two Pedestrians in San Jose

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CA injury lawyerPublic transit trains are a convenient and cost-effective way to get across San Jose. Whether for work, school, or simply for visiting friends and family, they eliminate the need for driving and getting stuck in traffic. For the most part, accidents are not common. However, when they do occur, they can result in serious personal injuries. While passengers on board need to take the appropriate safety precautions, it is equally important for pedestrians to be aware of the dangers as well.

VTA and ACE Train Accidents in San Jose

On September 14, 2018, a tragic accident involving the VTA train in San Jose left a local woman with serious injuries. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m., near First Street and Jackson Avenue. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was still investigating the details, but it appears the woman was struck while either walking by or across the train tracks. The victim, who was taken to a local hospital, is expected to recover. Considering the massive weight of VTA trains and the speeds at which they travel, she is fortunate to not have suffered more severe and life-threatening injuries.

A woman struck just several weeks earlier by an ACE train traveling through San Jose was not so lucky. The incident occurred on August 31, when an Altamont Corridor Express train passing through the Alviso neighborhood hit a jogger running either on or near the tracks. Again, authorities are struggling to piece together what may have occurred, but say that witness accounts and evidence from the scene indicate that the woman killed did not intentionally put herself in harm's way. The incident appears to be a tragic accident, which authorities continue to investigate.

Train Accidents

While having two separate train accidents involving pedestrians in San Jose is not common, these types of crashes, in general, do occur on a regular basis. Close to 12,000 train accidents occur each year in the U.S., injuring roughly 9,000 people and proving fatal for nearly 1,000 others. While passengers aboard the train or in nearby cars are at risk, injuries can be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Common ways in which these accidents occur include:

  • Operator errors, involving mistakes in navigation or in handling equipment;
  • Operator negligence, which results from dangerous behaviors, such as driving distracted or drowsy and under the influence;
  • Equipment malfunctions, either due to wear and tear or as the result of improper maintenance;
  • Track problems, such as caused by adverse weather conditions or vandalism; and
  • Lack of proper safety features, which include warning lights, sensors, and automatic gates.

Contact Us Today for Help

When unexpected accidents impact you or your loved ones, our passionate San Jose personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call the Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 today and request a consultation to see how we can assist you.

 

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/204569/rail-accidents-in-the-us/

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Woman-Pinned-Under-VTA-Train-in-San-Jose-493368561.html

http://www.ktvu.com/news/vta-train-strikes-jogger-in-san-jose-police-say

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