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Amtrak Train Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures 35 Others

April 17, 2016

A tragic train accident recently claimed the lives of two construction workers. The accident happened near Philadelphia when an Amtrak train ran into a backhoe and derailed. Two construction workers for the railroad service died in the accident, and at least 35 others were injured. It is unclear why the backhoe was positioned on the track near Chester, Pennsylvania. Many unanswered questions still remain.

Several major train accidents have shocked the public in recent years. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have represented train passengers and others injured due to train accidents. We understand the complexities involved in these cases and offer zealous representation to each injured client.

Questions Remain

The Amtrak train was headed from New York to Savannah, Georgia at the time when the accident happened. Numerous questions remain concerning the accident, including why the train continued its planned path when construction workers were present on the track. Further, it is presently unknown why the construction workers did not move, knowing the train was coming.

Latest in a Series of Amtrak Crashes

This accident is one of several train crashes to occur in recent years. The Amtrak crash came less than one month after an Amtrak train headed across the country derailed in Kansas and injured 32 people. About one-year prior, another Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, which left eight people dead and more than 200 injured.

Some train goers are questioning the safety of Amtrak trains after these accidents. Statistically, your risk of injury or death while riding a train remains low, but new stories focusing on the catastrophic accidents have alarmed the public. While trains are generally a safe mode of transportation, passengers are wise to stay abreast of accidents and research the safety of the train line.

Liability for Train Accidents

Train accidents can be caused by the failure to provide adequate training, equipment issues, safety conditions, and more. If negligence contributes or causes a train accident, the company can potentially be held liable for injury to employees, passengers, or the public. Examples of negligence as related to train accidents includes, among others:

  • Failure to properly train employees
  • Improper use of equipment
  • Failing to maintain train crossings
  • Improper maintenance of trains or equipment
  • Not performing required inspections
  • Failure to provide a safe work environment
  • Failure to adequately mark railroad crossings
  • Overworking employees

If you have been injured in a train accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will look into the facts and circumstances of what happened and, if it is found that a person or company acted negligently, will take the necessary steps in seeking compensation against the at-fault party responsible for the accident.

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Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent injured train accident victims and their families. Our firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 39 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

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