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Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Report: Amtrak Train Derails in Vermont

December 03, 2015

Recently, an Amtrak train traveling through Vermont suddenly derailed after striking a rockslide, according to NBC News. The accident occurred in the morning hours about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. The train was transporting 98 passengers and four crew members. A rock ledge broke off above the train's path and fell onto the tracks. Five cars jumped the track, including a lead passenger car and locomotive. The accident, described as a "freak of nature" by the state governor, injured five passengers and two crew members. Fortunately, none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

Thus far, it does not appear the driver could have done anything to avoid the accident. The train was not traveling faster than the 59 mile per hour speed limit and the track was in good condition, having just been travelled by a freight train without incidence the night before. At this time, investigators believe no one acted negligently to cause the accident, but further investigations will be performed by the Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

Train and Railroad Accident Lawsuits

Each year, many Americans are injured while traveling by train. Over the summer, a train accident near Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200. The accident resulted in a number of lawsuits. Similarly, a New York metro subway train crash left commuters trapped within the train, raising questions as to the protocol for evacuation and leading to lawsuits.

Train accidents can result in a number of serious injuries. Some of the most common train accidents include:

  • Train derailments or collisions
  • Derailing trains carrying toxic or hazardous materials 
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • Train employees are exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals
  • Railroad worker injuries

If you have been injured in a train accident that you believe has been caused by negligence, you could receive compensation if you file a railroad accident lawsuit. You will need to prove the rail line acted in a negligent manner. Negligent conduct could include:

  • Failure to provide a safe working environment
  • Failure to adequately train employees
  • Speeding, distraction, or other negligence on the part of the driver
  • Improperly maintained trains, rail lines, or equipment
  • Using improper equipment
  • Failing to maintain train crossings
  • Overworking employees and creating a dangerous work environment

Anyone involved in a train accident should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assess your potential action and seek to obtain the compensation you deserve, which could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 39 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you injured in any sort of accident involving negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm assists injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 39 years of experience to your personal injury case, striving to provide you with the exceptional representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



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