Pedestrian Struck by Train in Gaithersburg, Maryland

By Peter DePaolis

If you are walking and you come across a train track, you should proceed with caution, similarly to the way you would if you were driving a car. You should always avoid walking along train tracks—if you are struck, the sheer force of a train could kill or catastrophically injure you.

Other ways to avoid train-pedestrian accidents include avoiding headphone use so that you can hear safety warnings or an oncoming locomotive. Ideally, the best way you can avoid a pedestrian-train accident is by avoiding train tracks through planning your walk before you travel.

A Tragic Train Accident

Sadly, on January 5, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Gaithersburg, according to WUSA-TV. The station reported that a train traveling in the area of the Germantown MARC station on 19330 Mateny Hill Road struck 20-year-old William Alexander Buendia Rodriguez.

According to the station, Rodriguez was seen in the area walking prior to the accident, which remains under investigation.

Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Train Accident?

If your loved one has been injured or killed following a train accident, make sure you speak to our attorneys. We can investigate the accident to determine if there were any errors that played a role in the crash, including whether there were issues with lighting or gates near the area where the crash took place.

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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.