An unidentified driver was killed after a Caltrain struck his vehicle in Burlingame on Tuesday afternoon, August 17.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the accident took place at the Broadway grade crossing in Burlingame at around 4:35 p.m.
A Caltrans train with 145 passengers struck the vehicle for unclear reasons. The circumstances leading up to the accident have not been established.
The driver was killed in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been disclosed.
Information about the accident is limited at the moment. None of the passengers on the train were injured in the mishap.
The accident is currently under investigation. Authorities will attempt to determine the cause and the liability in the accident.
Fatal Train Accident Statistics
The Los Angeles Metro, Amtrak Thruway bus, California Rail, or local public bus lines are excellent options for getting around busy cities. You won’t have to drive or pay for parking, and you’ll be able to multitask while waiting.
Train accidents are unfortunately common across the country. According to the US Department of Transportation, approximately 5,800 train-car collisions occur in the United States each year, with the majority of them occurring at railroad crossings. These accidents result in 600 deaths and 2,300 injuries.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration of the Department of Transportation, about 80% of railroad crossings lack adequate warning devices. Around 75% of car-train collisions occur during the day, with the train colliding with the car. Meanwhile, about half of the time at night, the car collides with the train at an inadequately marked crossing. The takeaway here is to drive cautiously and anticipate the unexpected when approaching a train crossing.
Bus and train accidents typically involve lots of people and result in multiple injuries or fatalities. There are a few different parties that may be liable for your injuries after a public transit accident. If a negligent driver caused your crash, they might be personally responsible for your damages.
San Mateo County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Train Accidents
Train accidents often result in serious injuries and, for some people, death. If you or a loved one have been recently involved in such a crash, reach out to Arash Law. We want to help you defend your rights as a victim. A wrongful death claim can help the victim’s family receive compensation for the accident’s damages. This includes medical bills, pain, and suffering, lost wages, decreases to future income potential, scarring or disfigurement, decreased enjoyment of life, and many other intangible losses.
The victim’s family may feel overwhelming stress and sorrow after losing a loved one because of the incident, which may leave them vulnerable to manipulation by the party at fault. It is vital to have their rights protected; wrongful death lawyers will stay on top of the case by constantly updating themselves on the progress of the case. Our wrongful death lawyers from Arash Law work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we only get paid if we win your claim. Call (888) 488-1391 to get started.