Many people were injured after an Amtrak train partially derailed in the late morning of Wednesday, June 28, 2023. The Amtrak derailment occurred at approximately 11:30am after the train struck a water truck in the Moorpark area at a railroad crossing near Los Angeles Avenue. The train had departed from Union Station and was headed towards the state of Washington.
According to the Ventura County Fire Department, the Amtrak train was carrying a total of 199 people – 13 crewmembers and 186 passengers. The incident with the public works truck, which was owed by the Ventura County Public Works Agency, caused three of the seven train cars to derail. Although these train cars came off the tracks, they remained upright (only slightly tilted to one side).
According to reports, 16 people traveling in the train were transported to local hospitals with different injuries, most of which were minor. The driver of the water truck was transported to a local trauma center; he suffered critical injuries, although they were not life-threatening. The impact was so severe that the truck ended up in two pieces and ended up hundreds of feet from where the impact occurred.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Unfortunately, train incidents are very common. Vehicles on the tracks for whatever reason, whether they are stalled or abandoned, can result in an impact that can ultimately lead to the train derailing. Train derailment incidents can typically cause devastating injuries to everyone involved. If you or a loved one suffered harm in the Amtrak incident above or another train derailment incident, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about the legal options available to you, contact us today. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to take on your claim and fight for your rights. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including train accident claims, and can help you fight for your right to recover compensation. Contact us today.
Possible Injuries Resulting from Train Derailment Incidents
Train derailment incidents can cause significant injuries to all people involved. Some of these injuries can include the following:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Broken nose
- Broken teeth
- Eye injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Knee injuries
- Fractures (including broken ribs)
- Crushing injuries
- Impaling injuries
- Severed limbs
- Scrapes and bruises
With train crashes, the train comes to a sudden stop and the train cars can derail or fall off the tracks. In most cases, the train cars end up completely on their sides; because of this passengers can be thrown around in the train cars and suffer significant injuries.
When it comes to the drivers and passengers of the vehicles that are on the tracks, injuries are often critical and can be fatal. When the incident involves a pedestrian, the train might not derail, but the pedestrian likely suffers fatal injuries.
No matter the injuries that you or a member of your family suffered in an Amtrak train accident, you could have the right to sue. Contact us today for more information about your legal options.
Can I Sue for Injuries after an Amtrak Train Accident?
Yes – you could have the right to file a lawsuit if you or a member of your family suffered harm in a train accident. Amtrak is considered a common carrier; therefore, Amtrak has to exercise the highest degree of care to maintain the safety of their passengers. When Amtrak or another common carrier fails to keep their passengers safe, then they could be found negligent and be held liable – and could be sued.
For more information about your right to sue Amtrak or any other passenger train company for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a train accident, contact us today.
Amtrak Insurance Policy
Under U.S. Code § 28103, Amtrak is required to maintain liability coverage for claims either through insurance or self-insurance of a minimum of $200,000,000 per incident. This means that Amtrak has one of the highest insurance coverages around. If you or a loved one suffered harm in an incident on an Amtrak, you could sue and recover a payout from this insurance policy. If you are unsure of whether you could file a claim under this insurance policy and recover the settlement that you are owed for your injuries, contact us today.
What Compensation Can I Recover?
If your Amtrak accident claim is ultimately successful, you could be entitled to receive compensation for some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Here at our law firm, our train accident injury attorneys are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to recover the maximum payout available for your claim. In general, train accident cases are high value. The average value of these types of cases can range anywhere from $500,000 to $5 million – and even more – depending on the details of the claim.
How long does it take to settle train accident cases? Here at our law firm, our team is committed to getting our clients the highest settlement available within a reasonable length of time. In general, we can settle these types of cases in under two years. For more information about the possible value of your claim and the time that it could take to settle your lawsuit, contact our legal team today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our legal team is ready to take on Amtrak or any other train company to help you recover the payout that you are owed. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, contact us today. To ensure that our legal services remain accessible to all those looking for legal help, we offer free legal services. These free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns; our team will provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, our firm works or a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying anything at all.
If you are ready to discuss your legal options with our Amrak accident injury attorneys, contact us today.