Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner.
Breaking news stories of a tragic commuter train accident this morning in New Jersey are currently headlining the news. Apparently, the crowded train crashed into a platform inside the Hoboken terminal, killing at least one person and injuring as many as 100 commuters, several of them seriously. Rescue personnel believe that all victims from inside the station have been removed.
Other local commuter services were immediately cancelled in the area and the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) indicated that an investigative team is being sent. Obviously, an accident of this magnitude will be investigated carefully by numerous safety organizations to determine what caused the train to not slow down as it entered the station. The investigation will focus on multiple possible contributing factors, including condition of the driver, possible equipment failure on the train, and track conditions as well as examination of the event recorder data (the train’s black box). Since the investigation is in its preliminary stages, any speculation as to the cause(s) would be pure speculation.
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Mr. Zambri is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the local DC Metro area. He is experienced in mass transit litigation and handles train cases. He served as lead council for multiple plaintiffs in a Washington, DC train crash involving WMATA.
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 (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (2016) – national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.