LOS ANGELES –A Los Angeles law firm that represented victims of a 2005 Metrolink train wreck announced its plan to leverage its experience on behalf of the victims of the Sept. 12 Metrolink wreck in Chatsworth.
Attorneys R. Edward Pfiester, Jr. and Victor A. Russo, in a news release, said they offered their prayers and sympathy for the victims of the train collision and for their families and “vowed to use their extensive experience in previous Metrolink cases on behalf of the victims of this tragic train accident.”
“Unfortunately, some attorneys are claiming to be experienced in railroad cases when, in fact, they have very little, if any, experience. In the Glendale Metrolink cases, Metrolink is trying to have some cases dismissed because some attorneys did not follow technical legal procedures following the accident.” Pfiester said in the release, “We have the attorneys, staff, investigators, resources and knowledge to help, and as we have done time and time again, we will aggressively represent those that have been injured due to railroad negligence.”
A Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train collided on on Sept. 12 near Chatsworth, Calif., killing 25 people and injuring more than 130 more.
The wreck is said to be the nation’s worst rail disaster in 15 years.
Officials indicated the train — operated by Veolia Transportation — did not stop at a red light and crashed into the freight train. Investigators say the train’s data recorders retrieved from the crash site should yield important information. Investigators are also looking into whether the engineer sent a text message shortly before the wreck.
— Edited from a Business Wire news release