On Wednesday, March 23, 2017, a man was killed when he was struck by the westbound MTS Trolley in San Ysidro. The accident occurred at roughly 6:20am on the UC San Diego Blue Line, at Beyer Boulevard and Dairy Mart Road. San Diego Police could be seen investigating the scene, and the aftermath of the collision.
The victim was not immediately identified, and police informed Channel 10 News’ Mimi Elkalla, that the victim was a male, and did not have any form of identification on him.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, and police did not elaborate further on their suspicions of what unfolded this morning.
Two tracks were open following the incident and trolleys were still moving in the area. The Metropolitan Transit System informed commuters of 15- to 20-minute delays on the UC San Diego Blue Line, due to the police activity.
When an individual’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, the surviving family members, or other eligible parties, can bring a wrongful death suit and attempt to recover damages caused by the negligent act. Compensation to the plaintiff could include costs associated with the death, such as medical bills or funeral costs, and can also include compensation for labor / services / support that the decedent will no longer be able to perform and provide.
The most important part of a wrongful death case is establishing negligence. After negligence is established, an experienced San Diego accident attorney would begin to establish, and prove, the amount of damages.
With regards to the above situation, there is currently not enough information available to make even a wild guess pertaining the negligence involved. If a case were to be made, the individual’s surviving family would have to work to establish that either MTS’, the conductor’s, or someone else’s negligence caused the death.
Wrongful death cases can be incredibly complex and determining the right amount of damages to seek will often make or break a case. It may seem obvious that the death of your loved one was the result of someone else’s wrongful act or negligence, but what you may not understand is that your case will depend on far more than simply proving negligence. Call our San Diego accident attorney for a free consultation today.