According to officials, a 12-year-old boy was killed and a 19-year-old woman was injured in the California Bay Area on Wednesday afternoon after a freight train barreled into their car. The city official said that the car had been driving west in Oakley’s East Cypress around 1 p.m, just before the fatal crash on the track.
Boy was a passenger in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Joshua Shaffer by his mother Melissa Schaefer. The driver, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Two other vehicles were involved in the collision, but it is not clear whether these vehicles were also struck by the train or damaged by the flying debris during the initial crash.The crash caused one vehicle to roll over. After the collision, a victim with a head injury came in and out of consciousness as reported by Oakley authority.
Three other people were also injured in this accident. The officers are investigating further details about the destructive incident.
Common causes of Railway accidents in California
Railway accidents can occur in many ways, but they may include the following:
- Derailment accidents
- pedestrians, or train patrons being hit or killed at or near the boarding and exit stations.
- Leakage of hazardous materials can lead to exposure to toxic substances, fire, explosions.
- Collisions with trucks, cars, and other motor vehicles at or near railroad crossings.
- Braking failures caused collisions with other trains, including head-on collisions.
What Can I Recover the Train Crash in Oakley Case?
Train crashes often happen at high speeds and cause devastating injuries. Healthcare expenses and lost incomes can add up rapidly, threatening the financial security of victims.
If your crash is caused by other people or negligence, you may be able to recover your compensation for medical bills, salaries and recover the loss of future operations.
These are called “economic damage”. In addition, you can recover the “non-economic damage”, such as disability and disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, pain, suffering, and loss of the consortium.
Retain an experienced Train Accident Attorney
In California law, accident victims have a relatively brief period within which they need to file an action for personal injuries against the other party. Failure to act on time could result in the loss of your right to receive compensation.
California Accident attorneys at Khashan Law take pride in maintaining excellent contact with clients. We have been helping passenger and commercial train accidents victims for more than ten years.
Our experienced and aggressive train accident lawyers will do their best to get you the compensation you deserve. If you or your family member have been a victim of a train accident, reach us today at( 951)-461-2387. For a free, confidential consultation.