Lawsuits Filed in Deadly Amtrak Train Crash

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:  The survivors of two men killed in the May 12 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia filed wrongful-death lawsuits Monday, June 28, 2015.  Several lawsuits have been filed by passengers and Amtrak employees injured in the derailment of Train 188 in Port Richmond, but the new lawsuits were the first two involving passengers who were killed.  The lawsuits allege that Amtrak’s “willful, wanton, and reckless disregard for the safety of its passengers” led to the May 12 derailment, when the train approached a dangerous curve at Frankford Junction traveling at 106 m.p.h. The area is subject to a speed limit of 50 m.p.h.  Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds declined to comment on the lawsuits. In all, 19 injury suits have been filed over the derailment in federal courts in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Thirteen of those suits were filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers in the death cases are requesting a federal court panel move all the cases, and any filed later, to Philadelphia so they can be coordinated and handled by a single federal judge.

Call the experienced attorneys at Liever, Hyman & Potter if you or a family member was injured. Consultation is free. We can obtain the records for you if we investigate the case.

By Michael W. McGuckin, Esquire;  Attorney for the Reading, Pennsylvania, Personal Injury Law Firm of Liever, Hyman & Potter, P. C., which limits their practice to medical malpractice, car, truck, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death cases, premises liability, nursing home neglect and work injuries. Serving Berks, Schuylkill and surrounding counties for over 50 years.

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