There was a major train accident near Joplin, Montana on September 25, 2021. The Empire Builder train was en route from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington. There were 141 passengers on board, along with 16 crew members. Eight of the ten passenger cars derailed. Early reports indicate at least three people have died, and more than fifty are injured. The accident is believed to have occurred at a split in the tracks. The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Tragically, there have been a number of recent accidents involving trains. There was a major crash involving a train and a passenger vehicle in East Chicago, Indiana on June 26, 2021. There was a violent collision between an 18-wheeler and a train in Luling, Texas on August 29, 2021.
Safe train operators must take adequate precautions to ensure that their conductors do not severely injure or kill members of the public in a train accident. Industry standards require train companies to provide adequate training to their conductors and engineers. Safe companies must also supervise their conductor to ensure that the company’s policies and procedures have been followed, as well as all applicable federal guidelines. Failing to properly train or audit a conductor the company allows to operate a train can have tragic consequences. Federal law requires companies to take numerous steps in order to protect the members of the public.
Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, and New York. We have previously handled multiple cases involving train accidents. Our attorneys have the experience and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in an accident involving a train or commercial vehicle. The experienced accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving a train. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.