Trains are as popular as ever in the Pacific Northwest. Whether it’s the passenger train Amtrak, freight trains, the Monorail, the Sounder Train, or the Link Light Rail, trains are an often used mode of transport. Unfortunately, because trains are so heavy, and take so long to stop, they can cause extensive damage and harm to other vehicles, their occupants, or pedestrians they collide with.
Amtrak Train Derailment and Limitation of Damages
On December 18, 2017, a 132 ton Amtrak train travelling 78mph in a 30 mph zone derailed on an overpass cutting across Interstate 5 in Washington State. Congress placed a limit on the total amount of payment Amtrak will have to remit for a single accident. That amount is $295 million without regard to the number of accident victims or their injuries and losses. To ensure you have a fair chance at recovery, you should all the Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bremerton Amtrak accident attorneys at 844-486-9797 for a free case review today.
What to Do if You Are in a Train Accident in Washington
If you have been the victim of a train accident or derailment in Washington, you should immediately seek medical care. Let emergency responders help you. See a physician and get on a plan to physically recover as much as possible. Document everything you can, from the accident onward. Pictures of your injuries and the accident site can be invaluable when presented to a jury. Then call the Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Bremerton train accident lawyers at 844-486-9797 for a free consultation. We are here to fight for you.
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If you were involved in a train accident, it’s imperative you contact a Seattle, Everett, Tacoma or Bremerton train accident attorney as soon as possible. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will conduct an investigation as a non-interested party, but this could take a year or even more. Waiting for this investigation to conclude can mean the loss or disappearance of evidence that can weaken your claim’s position relative to other claimants experiencing similar losses or injuries. Time is of the essence. Having a diligent attorney on your side can greatly increase your chances at recovering both physically and monetarily.