Amtrak Train Accident Attorney

The train accident attorneys at Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson can help you if you have suffered serious train accident injuries or lost a loved one due to a wrongful death in a train crash.

Over many decades of exclusively representing injured individuals and the families of those who have lost their lives due to railroad negligence, our firm has an unequaled reputation. Our attorneys will identify all possible sources of compensation to ensure that victims of train accidents and their families receive the maximum recovery, including medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, as well as compensation for pain and suffering damages.

The attorneys at Hildebrand, McLeod and Nelson are experienced train crash trial lawyers. We have served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for the Chatsworth (2008) Amtrak litigation, as well as the Glendale (2005) and Placentia (2002) Metrolink complex litigation cases. We currently represent victims of the Oxnard Amtrak (2015) collision.

Amtrak Train Crashes Occur All Too Frequently

This most recent derailment of an Amtrak train, south of Seattle, will intensify scrutiny of Amtrak’s safety record, which was already under the microscope following a series of fatal incidents.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said late on Monday, December 18, 2017, that the train was traveling at 80 miles (130 km) per hour in a 30-mph (48 kph) zone when it jumped the tracks that morning. Investigators have said speeding was to blame, at least in part, for many recent Amtrak crashes, including one in 2015 in Philadelphia that killed eight people.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt just last month issued a scathing critique of Amtrak’s culture, saying a future breakdown was likely.

"Amtrak’s safety culture is failing and is primed to fail again, until and unless Amtrak changes the way it practices safety management," Sumwalt said on Nov. 14, 2017.

Congress had mandated the implementation of PTC nationwide by the end of 2015, then extended that deadline until the end of 2018.

"Every year we wait in implementing PTC to its full extent, more people are going to be killed," Bella Dinh-Zarr, an NTSB member helping oversee the derailment investigation, told CNN on December 19, 2017.

In 2015, the NTSB calculated PTC would have prevented 145 train accidents, saved 300 lives and avoided 6,700 injuries had it been in place since 1969.

Less than half Amtrak’s 459 locomotives had PTC as of the second quarter of 2017, the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Two-thirds of Amtrak’s track segments and route miles had PTC in operation.

By contrast, in Germany, Britain and France there has been some form of automatic train control since the 1930s, the FRA said. Japan has run its bullet trains since 1964 with zero passenger fatalities.

Focusing attention on these issues should force changes that make railroads safer, in the future, for the traveling public and for railroad workers. At this time, those who have unfortunately suffered injury in an Amtrak crash need to act quickly to protect their rights.

What is the Cost of a Train Accident Attorney?

The Amtrak train accident and Metrolink train crash attorneys at Hildebrand, McLeod and Nelson will represent you on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved.

It is important that you contact a train accident attorney as soon as possible. All railroads have a team of attorneys and claims personnel who serve the railroad’s interests. You need someone on your side to protect your interests and fight for you. The laws that apply to Amtrak train accidents and Metrolink train crashes are very complicated. Amtrak is a government entity.

Sound Transit, officially the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, is a public transit agency serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the state of Washington and is also likely to be involved in this litigation.

With public entities such as these, the victims of this crash must meet certain obligations to submit claims before the time deadline expires.

It takes a train accident attorney with experience to know how to litigate a case against railroad corporations like Amtrak and Metrolink.

Consulting with experienced attorneys who have handled cases against Amtrak in the past is the best way to make certain you are properly represented.

Contact a Train Accident Attorney

We have successfully represented hundreds of victims of train accidents and injured railroad workers - against some of the largest railroads in the country, including Amtrak, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

If you need a Train Accident attorney, please consult with Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We have the resources and experience to navigate the complex process of fighting for you and your family for injuries or death related to train accidents.