Second Light Rail Death in Sacramento in One Week
For the second time in a week, a teen has been killed on one of Sacramento’s light rail tracks, according to reports. The crash that took the life of an unidentified male teen occurred near Folsom Boulevard, just east of Mather Field Road. Regional Transit sources have confirmed rumors that the teen apparently lay down on the tracks deliberately. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No passengers were injured in the crash.
The apparent suicide took place only 200 yards from where a teen girl was struck and killed by a train last week. The girl, identified at Mariah Burgess, 15, was a student at Cordova High School and apparently crossed the tracks while wearing headphones, passing in front of a train traveling 35 miles per hour.
Area residents complain that the crossing is not safe and say that they want a crossing guard stationed there, particularly during school hours.
Train Crashes Rise In Number, Severity
The number and severity of train crashes seems to be increasing over the past years, primarily due to what are called “trespasser” injuries. This term has nothing to do with liability but refers to the fact that a person is on the train tracks in a place or at a time that is not related to work on the railroad.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were a total of 96 trespasser fatalities in California in 2011, 118 in 2012 and 119 in 2013. So far in 2014, there have been 94 fatalities, a trend that may result in even higher casualty levels this year.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of a Train Crash?
If you have been the victim of a train crash, whether you were in a vehicle or on foot, it is important to protect your rights. Railroads have a duty to keep others safe on the rails, so do not assume that the accident was automatically your “fault.” Instead, talk to a personal injury attorney like those at Amerio Law Group in Sacramento.
At Amerio Law Firm, we care about you and your injuries. We know that railroads and others have teams of lawyers to protect their rights and we believe you should have someone to protect yours. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you recover compensation for your railroad accident injuries.