Friday, July 11, 2008

Guaranteed Right of victims in Train Accidents

In 2005, many are shaken of the deadly incident that happened in the Los Angeles-Glendale border, where a Metrolink train, which was heading south to Union Station, derailed after plowing into Juan Manuel Alvarez’ jeep which then crashed into a northbound Metrolink train.

The Metrolink derailment killed 11 people and injured more than 180 others. Eventually, the suspect who caused the derailment, Juan Manuel Alvarez, was charged with constitutive offenses arising from the incident.

The latest report by the abc7 local entitled, “Jurors view Metrolink rail cars in trial” relayed the suspect’s conviction, which the Juror ordered and found him guilty of first-degree murder and a count of arson along with the special circumstance of multiple murders.

The Jurors however, are left with the sole issue to decide, that is, whether Alvarez, now 29, should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

With these, I would not wish to discuss or dwell on this issue, as it can be better left for the jury to decide. We set aside the juror’s dilemma and focused on the injury implications of the incident in relation to the pursuit for compensation and damages.

Many of us ride trains, whether in going into our offices, schools and respective engagements and conversely, from there to our homes and nests. This has become a part of the daily routine of most Americans.

However, the sad parts, just like what happened in the case cited, train are not free from accident involvement. This is a concern for us, both pressing and damaging, as we can be potentially involved in train accidents, unpredictably.

One must know that whenever you can get involved in train accidents, you have the constitutive right to claim compensation and damages against the erring person or persons who caused the mishaps. This is a guaranteed right under the law that needs to be taken and coursed by any victims in order to be compensated for their injury.