Six passengers on an Amtrak train that derailed outside Philadelphia on May 12 have sued. The accident killed eight and injured over 200. At least four lawsuits have been filed by those who were aboard the train. One of the passengers who sued has required multiple surgeries in an attempt to save her arm. Another lawsuit was filed by a Swiss couple who said they suffered severe and permanent injuries.
According to regulators, the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour, which is twice the speed limit, as it approached a curve. One of the plaintiffs claims that Amtrak has been on notice of the dangerous turn and tracks in that location for decades. The individual also claims that if the proper safety measures had been put into place and followed by Amtrak and the train operator, the accident would not have happened.
Amtrak says that it takes full responsibility for the crash and will help victims with medical bills and funeral expenses. Legally, a company that transports passengers for hire, such as Amtrak, is called a common carrier. Common carriers have a duty to exercise the highest degree of care and diligence in the safety of their passengers. If they fail in that duty and a passenger is injured as a result, the passengers can sue the common carrier for damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a common carrier, such as a taxi, train, subway, airplane, or bus, you may be able to recover compensation for damages. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on YouTube to learn more about our firm.