Amtrak was created as the result of legislation in 1970, but it is not a governmental agency. Amtrak is a private company and, as such, can be held liable when you are injured as a passenger or a bystander due to the negligence or carelessness of the company or an employee.
When you think of Amtrak accidents, you often think of collisions or derailments, but the fact is that many of the accidents that occur are during normal or regular operation. Slip and fall accidents are common, especially when passengers are moving around inside the train, boarding or leaving and even during inclement weather when surfaces are slippery. You may also be injured when the train stops or accelerates quickly.
When the train platform, station or other area owned by Amtrak is poorly maintained, accidents can occur as well. Employees of Amtrak can also make mistakes and some of these mistakes could lead to catastrophic injury.
Collisions and derailments lead to the most catastrophic injuries on Amtrak trains. The trains used by Amtrak are very large and powerful, so when they collide with other trains or vehicles, the results are devastating.
After a collision or derailment, Amtrak may be responsible for any property damage, injuries or deaths that occur as a result of the accident if it can be proven that the company was negligent or careless in any way.
The first thing to do after you suffer an injury on Amtrak, even if the injury initially seems minor, is to report it to the company immediately. If anyone witnessed what caused your injury, be sure to get their name and contact information so they can relay their version of events to the proper authorities. Take photos of your injury and the area where the accident occurred.
Keep in mind that if the injury was due to inclement weather, such as ice or snow on a platform, you will need to take photos quickly as ice and snow may melt quickly. It is also important to contact an attorney who will investigate the incident and advise you on what steps to take. A lawyer will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one was injured on an Amtrak train or platform, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for an initial, no obligation consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the easy form on our website.