Trains are designed to be one of the safest modes of commercial transportation. Train accidents, however, can and do occur. In 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration reported that there were 11,257 train accidents in the United States, which were responsible for 777 fatalities. Due to the size, weight and speed of a train, even a “minor” incident can have devastating and even fatal consequences.
Common Causes of Train Accidents
There are many factors that could cause a train accident. Often, these factors combine to devastating effect.
Some common factors in train accidents include:
Train track defects
Train car defects
Employees not following safety protocols
DuPont Amtrak Train Accident
We currently represent victims of the Amtrak train derailment in DuPont, Washington in December 2017. A 17-month investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined all the agencies involved made mistakes.
The train was on its first run when it entered a sharp curve at more than 80 mph. The posted limit for the curve is 30 mph. Investigators with the NTSB found the engineer at the controls had little experience on the route and missed the speed limit signs.
Three people died and more than 80 were injured.
“Could this accident have been prevented? The answer is a resounding yes,” said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt.
Washington State Train Accident Attorneys
After a train accident, insurance companies will usually attempt to contact the victims immediately. This is why it is critical for train accident victims to seek legal counsel. The insurance company is not on your side.
In train disasters, like other accidents, insurance companies may use tactics to convince you to settle for less than you deserve. You need experienced legal representatives who understand the law and are on your side.
Our attorneys are on your side, We care about you. We will fight for you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, contact the Herrmann Law Group as soon as possible for a free legal consultation.
Call (206) 625-9104 to speak to an attorney or complete this form and we will contact you within 24 hours.