On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train collided with a Union Pacific freight train in the city of Chatsworth, California. This accident was caused due to the negligence of the Metrolink engineer, who was sending text messages while operating the train. This train accident led to 25 deaths and numerous serious personal injuries to the passengers aboard the Metrolink commuter train. To date, this is the largest commuter rail crash disaster in California and United States history.
Based on his vast experience in the litigation of major rail disasters, Jerome Ringler was chosen to serve as lead counsel for the plaintiffs. In his capacity as lead counsel Mr. Jerome Ringler was responsible for trying all aspects of liability to a jury in order to prove the plaintiffs' case. In August 2010, Metrolink and Connex Railroad, the private contractor who employed the negligent Metrolink engineer, agreed to pay $200 million in liability to the victims and surviving family members of those who lost their lives. Under federal law, this was the maximum amount Metrolink could be required to pay. In addition to his work representing all plaintiffs in this matter as to the liability phase of the litigation, Mr. Jerome Ringler also represented many individual plaintiffs with catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, recovering multiple millions of dollars for these individuals and families.
As with many other verdicts and settlements achieved by Mr. Jerome Ringler, there were multiple articles in the news and press about this litigation. Ringler Law Corporation's website reflects some of these articles as recounted in the local news media. To learn more about Ringler Law Corporation's efforts on behalf of the victims of this tragic event, please read the August 25, 2010, article from the Los Angeles Daily News. To schedule a consultation with an attorney at Ringler Law Corporation, call 805-719-4903, or contact us online.