Friday, June 22, 2007

Glendale Train Crash, A Messy Accident

If you have already forgotten the Glendale train crash which was reported to be the deadliest incident of train crash in the history of Metrolink located in Los Angeles area, then let me remind you of the devastation and consequent mess of liability claims.

In the Glendale accident of January 26, 2005, eleven lives were taken. Two Metrolink passenger trains and train were involved in the collision. Just try to imagine the horror of double-deck commuter trains colliding with each other carrying hundreds of passengers who are all unaware of the fate that was to come.

What is worse, after the collision, one of the trains overturned and the other caught fire. Aside from broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and lascerations to different parts of the body, some of the passengers where burned severely by the wreck.

In this accident, who is to blame? Who can those poor people claim against for the deaths of their loved ones, for their medical expenses as a result of treatments, surgeries and future medical treatments? Who can those people sue for damage to their properties, loss of income and more importantly for the pain and suffering that they went through as a result of the accident?

If you will take out Juan Manuel Alvarez from the equation, the person who allegedly left his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks for reason only privy to his own, there are a lot of questions posed as to who could be at fault or liable for the hundreds of injuries. The truth is, depending on the proof, there are product liability issues that can be addressed, train malfunction, and negligence of the operators and management or owners of the commuter trains.