When you take Amtrak, you expect your train to be delayed. You expect that your train will be crowded and that you might be uncomfortable.
But, you also expect that you’ll arrive at your destination safely.
On May 12, 2015, Amtrak failed to meet expectations. Amtrak Train 188 was headed from Washington DC to New York City when it derailed just north of Philadelphia.
At the time of the crash, there were 238 passengers and five crewmembers on the six car train. The train was mangled. Several passengers were trapped. Seven people died and more than 200 were injured.
NTBS Investigation Finds Train Was Speeding
The Northeast Corridor from Washington DC to New York City is the nation’s busiest train route. It is popular with congressmen and others who work in government. Immediately after the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent investigators to the scene. The initial investigation showed that the crash may have been caused by high speeds.
Surveillance video from the crash site shows that the train was travelling at 107 mph at the time of the crash. This is more than twice the 50 mph speed limit for that section of track. As the investigation continues, the NTSB will also look into the condition of the track and equipment, crew member training, and the black box recordings of other trains travelling the same portion of track.
While the NSTB investigates, Amtrak’s lawyers are taking action.
Don’t Sign Away Your Rights
If you were injured in the Amtrak Train 188 derailment, you will be hearing from Amtrak soon. Amtrak would like you to waive your right to recover damages for your injuries, pain and suffering. Before you sign any papers, it is important that you discuss your experience with a lawyer.
Ostroff Injury Law – Experience Counts
Jon Ostroff has successfully represented transportation accident injury victims in cases across the United States. Ostroff Injury has the knowledge and experience to take on Amtrak. Jon Ostroff has successfully represented transportation accident injury victims in cases across the United States. Jon and his legal team are involved in ongoing investigation with commercial vehicle crashes involving Greyhound Bus Lines, giving Ostroff Injury unique knowledge and experience to take on Amtrak. Jon is currently representing more victims of greyhound bus crashes than any lawyer in the US.
Were you on Amtrak Train 1888? Do you have questions about your rights? Call Ostroff Law at 800-818-8148. We’ll schedule a free, same-day legal consultation. There is no obligation.