LOS ANGELES, CA (February 21, 2022) – Two people now identified as Marvin Padilla and Jose Hernandez were killed when a Metro A (Blue) Line train slammed into a car in the central Alameda area of Los Angeles.
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The crash took place at about 6:15 p.m. Monday at 1629 E. 24th St., several blocks south of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Five people were in the vehicle when it was hit by the train, Prange said. Two people died at the scene, and the other three were taken to hospitals, with their conditions ranging from fair to moderate.
The coroner’s office on Tuesday identified the two people who died as 46-year-old Marvin Padilla and 40-year-old Jose Hernandez, both Los Angeles County residents.
No injuries were reported among the train’s roughly 125 passengers and two train operators, Prange said.
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Hector Guzman told KTLA5 at the scene that the driver of the car appeared to have “made a left turn in front of the oncoming train,” leading to the collision.
Liability In Los Angeles Train Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Marvin Padilla and Jose Hernandez’s Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the families of Marvin Padilla and Jose Hernandez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
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