Amtrak Train Traveling at 100 mph in a 50 mph Zone at Time of Derailment

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-May-2015


Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner

In follow up to my earlier post today about the tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia,  I wanted to share some significant news about the early progress of the investigation.  The data recorder from the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last night has been recovered.  Lab analysis showed that the train was traveling at 100 miles per hour, twice the speed limit allowed at the turn where the crash occurred.  Although the train’s engineer was interviewed by the police, the results of his interview have not been released.  A press conference has been scheduled for 5:00 pm today, which may provide further insight into this horrific accident.

According to the Washington Post, “The city of Philadelphia and all other entities involved in determining the cause of the derailment have been made ‘parties to the investigation’ by the NTSB. That means they have signed an agreement with the federal investigative agency that limits what they are permitted to say publicly.

The NTSB has full control of the investigation and has, in the past, shut out access to key partners who leaked information in violation of that agreement.”

Besides the speed of the train, other factors that are expected to be examined include the condition of the engineers, condition of the tracks and rail bed, review of the video from the scene, and operator control issues.

If you have any questions about this post or want to discuss a potential claim against Amtrak, you may contact Mr. Zambri by phone at 202-822-1899 or click here to email him directly.  Mr. Zambri's firm served as lead counsel in successfully representing injured parties and family members during litigation stemming from the 2009 Fort Totten Metro (WMATA) accident on the Red Line. Mr. Zambri & his firm also represent the family of the woman tragically killed as well as many other victims from the 2015 Metro (WMATA) smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer of the Year".  Super Lawyers recently named him among the "Top Ten" lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington's best-most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) - national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.

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