Another Tragic Ventura County Train Crash Leaves One Person Deceased

On April 23, 2015, Ventura County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol responded to a train vs. vehicle collision at the railroad crossing at South Las Posas Road and 5th Street in Camarillo. Upon arriving a 2014 Ford Explorer was found to have been broadsided by an eastbound Union Pacific freight train. The collision sent the SUV rolling about 60 feet and ultimately coming to rest in a dirt ditch. The driver of the SUV, a 35 year old man was killed.

To read a brief description of the above-described accident, click the link below:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-train-hits-minivan-kills-one-20150423-story.html

Do the deceased individual’s heirs have any legal remedy related to the death of their family member? Doe the injured parties have any legal grounds to recover for their injuries and pain and suffering?

Likely, yes. In most traffic accidents, including accidents involving trains, the investigating authoritites are able to determine fault; either partial or complete and attribute it to one or more parties involved in the accident. In a wrongful death lawsuit the deceased parties heirs sue to recover damages related to the loss of their family member. In a wrongful injury lawsuit the injured parties file suit to recover damages stemming from their injuries. Recoverable damages include, but are not limited to, compensation for lost property, injuries, pain and suffering and associated emotional suffering.

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