It has been a week since Amtrak Train 188 derailed and crashed off a stretch of track in northeast Philadelphia. In the short amount of time that has passed since the incident, investigators have been working around the clock to piece together what happened, determine why this tragedy occurred, and hopefully prevent similar factors from causing harm in the future.
Although there are still many questions to be answered, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other local and federal agencies have released continual updates about new developments and discoveries. Below are a few key details about what we know so far:
- The May 12 th accident occurred shortly after 9:00 pm in Philadelphia. At the time of the crash, there were 5 crew members and over 230 passengers on board. A total of 8 victims were killed and over 150 were injured.
- Preliminary evaluations of the train’s block box data recorder show that the train was traveling 106 mph when approaching a curve where the speed limit drops to 50 mph. Investigators are still trying to determine why the train was traveling so fast, and why it inexplicably sped up in the 65 seconds prior to the crash.
- NTSB investigators have reported that the train was struck by an object prior to the crash. They have yet to determine what this object was and whether it played a role in causing the derailment.
- Concerns are mounting over a little-known federal law that caps the amount of compensation train accident victims can recover. This cap places a $200 million limit for all victims and families who suffered damages in this incident.
Having helped thousands of clients navigate the complexities of the personal injury and wrongful death claim process, our lawyers at Stern Law Group are hopeful that investigators are able to provide the many victims and families affected by this crash the answers they deserve. With these answers, victims will be able to pursue justice and compensation for their losses.
Our firm offers our support and service to anyone whose life was impacted by last week’s tragic Amtrak crash. If you have questions about your legal rights and how our firm can help, contact our firm for a free and confidential consultation.