There are certain landmarks that have become closely associated with San Diego. They don’t just serve a purpose, but they also provide an iconic image that appears on postcards and in pictures from travelers all over the world. One of these is the trolley system.
“The San Diego Trolley is known for its reliability, safety, and convenience. Often called San Diego’s ‘moving landmark,’ the Trolley is also a fun way to get around. The Trolley serves historic Old Town, Mission Valley, Petco Park, and Qualcomm Stadium among other popular San Diego destinations.”
This information, provided by the public transit system in the city makes it clear that the trolley system is directed toward tourists and locals alike. It is true that many people enjoy riding the iconic Redline Trolley when they visit the city.
That doesn’t mean these trolleys are never involved in accidents. Collisions do happen and they can often be very dangerous since the trolleys are much larger than passenger vehicles, and the accidents often involve pedestrians.
What Causes these Accidents?
You may be wondering, what causes these types of accidents, and who is responsible for them. This can depend on different factors surrounding the incident itself. Often, the cause can be linked back to the following factors:
- Inattention and distraction of the trolley driver
- Trolley operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigue or sleepy trolley operators
- Improperly maintained trolley tracks and crossings
- Defective or worn trolley parts and tracks
- Distraction or inattention from pedestrians and drivers of passenger vehicles, and
- Simple negligence of drivers or trolley operators.
In many cases, people are severely injured or even killed. Those people or their families may have legal recourse because others may have been responsible for the accident. Responsible parties could include:
- The trolley operator
- The trolley manufacturer
- The manufacturer of the trolley track system
- The transit company
- The repair company in charge of maintenance on the trolley system
One of the hardest things to do, however, is to prove who is responsible for a trolley collision. The laws can be very confusing and this can leave many people without the compensation they deserve because of the accident, injuries, and loss.
Costs and Medical Expenses
When you or a loved one is involved in a trolley accident, the damage can be extensive. Vehicles that are hit by a trolley can sustain thousands of dollars in damage. People who are involved in trolley accidents could suffer from hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills as well as loss of money from short and long term disability. Overall, the cost can be very high, and if someone was responsible for the collision, they should be held liable as well.
As mentioned, the law can be very difficult to navigate and it can take a great deal of knowledge and experience to even determine who should be held at fault for the accident. That means, if you have been involved in one of these collisions, you need an attorney who knows the traffic laws very well. Additionally, you need an aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you choose just any attorney, you may not get the best results. However, if you take the time and choose the right lawyer, you can get the best outcome possible from your case.
If you have been involved in a trolley accident or you have a loved one who was, then contact the attorneys at Thompson | Wedeking for a free evaluation of your case so that you can determine what to do next.