Atlanta Amtrak Train with 180 Passengers Collides with Car on Tracks


January 19, 2011

An Atlanta Amtrak train carrying 180 passengers collided with an unoccupied car that was parked on the railroad tracks in Lowell, S.C. on Sunday. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the train's crew kept the train upright and brought it to a complete stop. Collisions between Amtrak and commuter trains and motor vehicles frequently result in massive carnage especially when the collision leads to a derailment of the train.

Amtrak is the largest railroad passenger carrier, excluding commuter trains, in the U.S. Amtrak is owned and operated by a company called the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. It is not a government entity but receives public funding. Since Amtrak was founded in 1971, Amtrak has a record of safety problems and serious accidents that has frequently resulted in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent clients throughout Georgia who are seriously injured or killed in Georgia Amtrak accidents and commuter train crashes and derailments.

Given the massive weight and velocity of an Amtrak or commuter train, train accidents tend to result in very serious injuries. Many railway industry critics believe that Amtrak is not spending enough money on safety standards. These same critics argue that the government has failed to take sufficient measures to force the railroad industry to enhance their safety measures. Unless government entities impose stricter regulation on the railroad industry, rail passengers, car occupants and pedestrians will continue to suffer serious injuries in railroad accidents.

Serious train accidents can be caused by a variety of hazards including the following:

• Vehicle parked or stalled on railroad tracks

• Unsuspecting child playing on tracks

• Excessive speed by the train

• Failure to maintain the tracks in safe condition

• Train operator negligence including inattention, drug or alcohol impaired operation or other unsafe practices

While Sunday's Amtrak accident did not result in serious injuries, a car parked on the railroad tracks can often result in derailment of the train. A train derailment almost always results in a high number of very serious injuries and far too often wrongful death. Negligent train personnel, poorly maintained equipment or violations of safety regulations and established railroad industry safety standards are often the cause of railroad accidents and derailments. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand the importance of a thorough investigation and analysis of a railroad accident. If you or your loved ones are involved in a Georgia railroad accident, our experienced Georgia railroad accident attorneys will represent you or your family in seeking the financial compensation that you are entitled to receive.

Our Georgia train accident attorneys and commuter train derailment attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com where you can fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form or use our Live Online Chat. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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