Railroad & Train Accidents

There are over 150,000 miles of operated rails in the United States. While most of these lines are used for local and interstate freight transportation, about 23,000 miles are used for passenger trains, a pastime that is still enjoyed by many for vacation travel and daily commuting.

In Southern California, more communities are now linked by railroads for light commuter trains. This gives many people the opportunity to avoid traffic and save gas money by taking a local metro train to work.

As a passenger on a train, you place a certain amount of trust in the operators and engineers that are responsible for the maintenance and working condition of the train. Unfortunately, negligence and inadequate maintenance can lead to a train crash or derailment. Other causes include defective railroad tracks, oversized cargo loads, and passenger vehicles on tracks.

The Mandell Law Firm aggressively serves clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, greater Los Angeles area, and all Southern California. Our experienced legal team assists victims of accidents and wrongful death, including train wrecks, railroad accidents, and all railroad injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train crash, contact Robert J. Mandell today for a free case evaluation.

As local personal injury attorneys, our firm’s heart goes out to the victims and loved ones who have been affected by the terrible Chatsworth train accident tragedy. Please contact our experienced train accident attorneys, to find out how we may be able to help you recover the maximum monetary compensation for damages and injuries resulting from train wrecks and railroad accidents.

Chatsworth Train Accident New Articles

Metrolink spokeswoman resigns amid criticism over blaming engineer for crash

By Louis Sahagun and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 16, 2008

Before facing reporters the day after the catastrophic train collision in Chatsworth, Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell called the agency’s chief executive to make an unusual request.


California seeks train operator cell phone ban

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer September 16, 2008

LOS ANGELES – Amid a federal investigation into whether a commuter train engineer was texting before a deadly collision with another train, the state’s top rail safety regulator is seeking an emergency order banning train operators from using cell phones.


Crash Probe Eyes Conductor’s Cell Phone

Calif. Train Collision Killed 25, Injured 138; Was Engineer Distracted By Phone?

CBS/AP LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2008

(CBS/AP) Amid a federal investigation into whether a commuter train engineer was texting before a deadly collision with another train, the state’s top rail safety regulator is seeking an emergency order banning train operators from using cell phones.


Metrolink officials say trains crashed after their engineer drove through a red light

Federal transportation officials say it’s too early to determine what caused the crash that has killed at least 25 people and left 135 more injured, 40 of them critically.

By Esmeralda Bermudez, Kate Linthicum and Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers September 14, 2008

Metrolink officials said Saturday that a train engineer’s failure to heed a red light signal apparently caused the catastrophic head-on crash in Chatsworth on Friday afternoon that claimed at least 25 lives.


Train Collision Wreckage Search Ends; Metrolink Engineer Blamed in Crash

NTSB investigators have data and video recorders from the trains

MyFOX Los Angeles KTTV FOX 11 Last Edited: Saturday, 13 Sep 2008

Chatsworth — A Metrolink engineer apparently made the mistake that caused the head-on collision between a commuter train and a freight train, killing at least 24 people, a crying agency spokeswoman said today.


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of a train accident, contact The Mandell Law Firm for a free case evaluation.

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