According to Los Angeles Times, an Amtrak train collided with a passenger car near the 3000 block of Orwood Road in Brentwood, CA 94513.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022, an Amtrak train carrying 85 passengers from Stockton to Martinez collided with a car at an uncontrolled intersection. The crossing intersection did not have any gates or lights to signal an oncoming train. Trains in that area can travel at speeds as fast as 80 mph. The car was thrown from the tracks near the intersection. Three victims died at the scene, and two, including one child, were airlifted to nearby hospitals for treatment of their major injuries. At this time, none of the train's passengers were injured.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is an experienced train accident lawyer in California. In a recent discussion, Bobby highlighted the legal rights of train accident victims, including when victims can sue for being injured in a train collision.
"When a train derails or gets into a collision with a passenger car or vehicle, it can cause serious harm or even death. Trains travel at speeds often greater than passenger cars and cannot make quick stops to prevent collisions. The railway companies must have safety measures in place to reduce the risk of preventable dangers. Many intersections and crossings are equipped with gates and lights that signal an oncoming train, preventing traffic from crossing at unsafe times. Without these safety features, cars can cross or even get stuck on tracks causing collisions and even derailments."
"When a train accident occurs, the victims are urged to speak with an experienced train accident lawyer to discuss their possible legal options. An experienced train accident lawyer will review the facts and determine if any third parties, such as the railroad company, could be liable for the resulting damages. In many cases, victim or their families may have grounds for a lawsuit that could lead to compensation."