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BART Fined $650,000 For Deaths Of Workers

When you and your loved one go to work each day, the last thing on your mind is something bad happening. You just assume you will be right back home with them at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, that is not what happened when Laurence Daniels, 66, and Christopher Sheppard, 58, went to work at their job inspecting BART tracks in 2013.

The two men were working to restore limited service during a worker strike at the same time that managers were being trained to drive the trains. The trainee who was operating the train that struck the men had no direct supervision at the time of the accident. There was also an agency policy in place that allowed trains to operate while inspectors were nearby, as long as they could get out of the way within 15 seconds.

Yes, 2013 was a while ago. It has taken the Bay Area’s transit agency that long to submit their accident report and their “corrective-action plan.”

Ultimately, the California Public Utilities Commission fined BART $650,000 and placed them on three years of probation.

Our workplaces are supposed to be safe. When they are not and people get hurt or killed because of someone else’s negligence, the companies and agencies need to be held accountable. When you need a wrongful death attorney in San Diego, you can count on Edward J. Babbitt APC to investigate and pursue your case.

What Can Happen

Wrongful death cases do not only happen in the workplace. Here are some other ways we see them arise:

  • Getting hit by a commercial vehicle that had mechanical issues or a negligent driver.

  • Getting struck by a drunk driver.

  • Getting struck by a distracted driver (text messaging, watching videos, etc.)

  • Pedestrians or bicyclists that are struck by drivers who were not paying attention.

  • Medical mistakes, which are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. This can include misdiagnosis, wrong medications, surgical mistakes, etc.

  • People use faulty products. This can include ones that are poorly designed, have manufacturing errors, or are labeled improperly.

Those are just a few of the many ways in which someone else’s negligence can cause fatalities. Regardless of the circumstances, families should be able to find closure after the loss of a loved one.

What You Can Do

If your loved one has lost their life in an accident and it was due to someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. Edward J. Babbitt APC believes in holding those responsible for preventable mistakes accountable for their actions.

There is nothing more painful than losing a loved one in an unexpected accident. It is an emotional, as well as a financial, loss.

We want to help you recover compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering damages

  • Punitive damages

  • Loss of future income of the deceased

  • Psychological and emotional counseling needs

When you need a San Diego wrongful death attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation