A multiple-vehicle accident involving a commuter train occurred this morning at approximately 7:40 AM in Southern California. According to 10 News, the crash occurred at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Washington Street, leaving several people injured and many more shaken. Reportedly, a truck was hit by a southbound Coaster train; the truck subsequently hit a Volkswagen Jetta, all in the midst of heavy traffic. Amongst the victims, three women were injured and taken to local hospitals.
Rafael Navarettte was driving the truck involved in the accident, which was filled with fruits and vegetables. Navarette told 10 News that he had the green light to cross the intersection on Washington Street when he was hit by the train. He claims that he heard the train coming, but was unable to move out of the way because of backed up traffic and being blocked in. Passengers on the Coaster train said they could feel the brakes go on very quickly followed by a large impact. Thankfully, none of the 160 passengers on the train were injured. Upon being hit by the train, Navarrette’s truck hit the Jetta, which held a family of four. It was not known if any of the Jetta’s occupants were injured.
Investigating the Cause of Auto Accidents:
When an accident like this one occurs, the local police department will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. With many unknown factors in this case, it is impossible to determine fault without an investigation. In any automobile accident, a proper, thorough, and immediate investigation is of vital importance. It can provide substantial evidence for any future legal case.
Special Considerations for Accidents Involving Government Agencies:
When an accident involves a public entity there are special considerations that an auto accident lawyer can assist you with. For example, many accidents involving a city or state have specific requirements regarding filing a claim. Generally, the filing time limit is shorter than in a case against a private party. Knowledge of the filing time limit is extremely important because if this window is missed, your case may be barred. Therefore, in accidents like this one, where a government party is involved, it is more important than usual to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.
Getting Help in Southern California:
Do not hesitate to get in touch with an auto accident attorney if you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident. The Southern California personal injury lawyers at the Walton Law Firm can advocate for your case and protect your rights if you are facing an auto accident case. Contact the Walton Law Firm toll-free at (866) 607-1325 or locally at (760) 571-5500 for a free and confidential consultation and to find out how we can help you. In addition, a confidential consultation can be requested through our website.