On Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m., a New York-bound train veered off the
tracks, causing most of the train's passenger cars to fall over and
some to be severely damaged. The accident, which killed at least six people,
involved 238 passengers and five Amtrak crew members. Local hospitals
received around 100 patients; many had minor injuries, while some others
are still in critical care.
Emergency responders have been on the scene since last night in the Port
Richmond area of the city where the accident occurred doing search and
rescue. Firefighters were also on scene and used tools to rescue passengers
who were trapped in the train cars. As of this morning, they were still
looking for passengers who were unaccounted for, according to the passengers'
friends and family members.
Currently the cause of the Amtrak train accident is unknown. The crash
occurred near a bend in the track, which has led to some speculation about
this part of the track because one of the deadliest train accidents occurred
in this same area of track in 1943. However, other issues such as excessive
speed, operator negligence, or the deteriorating infrastructure and equipment
could be the cause of this accident.
Once the cause of this train accident is determined, Amtrak may face possible
lawsuits filed on behalf of the injured train passengers. See the report in the
New York Times. Our Goodman Acker P.C. attorneys are very sorry to hear about this crash.
Our condolences go out to those injured and killed and their families
during this difficult time.
Every state has different laws pertaining to a train accident victim's
rights, and it is important for everyone living in areas near trains to
know their rights.
In Michigan, if you are injured in a train accident as a passenger that
involves another motor vehicle, such as a car, you may be entitled to
receive no-fault insurance benefits. No-fault benefits will cover payment
for any medical costs related to your injuries, lost income if you are
not able to work and more. For those victims who were killed as a result
of the train accident, surviving family members may be able to file a
Michigan wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
In addition, passengers
injured in a Michigan train accident may also be able to bring a negligence claim for pain and suffering against
the railroad company and possibly the train operator for errors caused
by either of these parties. Errors could include train driver error, defect
in the tracks or rails. This type of lawsuit may also be able to be filed
by individuals not on the train, but rather those involved that were in
a car, or on a motorcycle or bicycle, or as a pedestrian.
If you, or someone you know, has been involved in a recent Michigan train
accident involving an Amtrak train or any other train company, such as
CSX or Union Pacific, it is important that you to speak to an attorney
to determine if you have a case for a negligence claim. These types of
cases can be quite complex and confusing and for this reason it is in
your best interest to discuss your case with a lawyer who has significant
experience handling these types of claims.
For more information about your rights after an Amtrak train accident in
Michigan, call our trusted attorneys today at
(248) 793-2010 to discuss your case for
free and of no obligation. It is important you do not wait to call so that we may properly investigate
your claim, which will include collecting witness statements and taking
photos of the incident. Waiting too long can hurt your chances of getting
the most prominent evidence. In addition, there are strict statute of
limitations to file a train accident lawsuit and if a claim is not filed
within a certain amount of time from the accident, you may not be entitled
to collect any compensation whatsoever.
Our Detroit train accident lawyers can help you if you suffer injuries.
Call now to discuss your rights, get your questions answered, and learn
your rights. If you do have a claim and need our representation, we will
represent you at no cost until we win or settle your claim.