If you or someone close to you has been injured on an Amtrak train, or if someone in your family died as a result of an accident involving an Amtrak train, it may be in your best interest to discuss your the details of the accident with a law firm that has experienced Amtrak train accident lawyers to help people in situations like yours.
Across America, millions of commuters travel for work, pleasure, and family affairs via Amtrak. Amtrak is generally a safe mode of transportation, that is trusted by many Washingtonians– including our own Washington DC Amtrak accident lawyer. However, that trust can be challenged when people are injured and die because of an Amtrak train accident.
The May 14, 2015 Philadelphia crash is one example of a devastating train accident. In this incident a train derailed while rounding a curve at 106 mph where the speed limit was only 50. This accident killed eight passengers and injured 200 more. The Washington DC- New York Corridor, where Philadelphia sits, is the busiest Amtrak route in all the nation. Amtrak (formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) is a government-owned corporation that residents and riders of this area expect will ensure that appropriate safety standards are met.
When Amtrak engineers do not obey speed limits and follow safety procedures, and when proper safety mechanisms are not put in place, passengers, crew members, and people near a train’s path can get injured. Speeding related Amtrak accidents are preventable. There are in-place positive control mechanisms that can automatically prevent a train from moving above a set speed. However, not all Amtrak trains are equipped with this technology as of yet. When highly preventable misfortunes like this occur, it is best for injured parties to know their rights. Speaking with the Washington DC injury lawyers of Cohen & Cohen as soon as possible may help you to understand what your rights are and how to protect them.
Fighting for your or a loved one’s rights after a train accident can be especially complex. Amtrak is a government entity, however, an outside party may own the train cars involved in the accident. Usually with public transportation, accident victims are expected to give the government organization adequate time to offer a settlement, before moving forward with a lawsuit whereas if a private party is involved, it may be in your best interest to pursue compensation as soon as you can. The legal stipulations can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the accident which is why speaking with a qualified Amtrak attorney is the best way to understand one’s legal options.
The attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, PC, have years of experience assisting the victims of public transportation accidents. Our Metro and Amtrak train accident lawyers have successfully represented accident victims in both the 2009 Metro rail crash, and the 2015 Metro smoke accident. In each case related to these matters, our attorneys have sought the truth: What caused these accidents, and how can we make this railway system safer for future passengers and employees?
With compassion, tenacity, and years of experience, our Washington DC Amtrak attorneys will continue to seek these answers for all injured Amtrak passengers and workers. If you have been injured in an Amtrak-related incident, contact the knowledgeable Amtrak train accident lawyers at Cohen and Cohen, PC., today.
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