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Amtrak Train Derailment Attorneys

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Lawsuits & Settlements Victims of the Dupont Amtrak Derailment

Attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group have been retained by several victims of the December 2017 Amtrak railroad derailment disaster. 

Davis' experience handling cases against the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) makes him uniquely qualified to represent survivors of the Washington State Amtrak crash.

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The Amtrak Cascades train derailment occurred on December 18, 2017 in DuPont, WA. At least three people have reportedly been killed in the incident, and dozens more have been injured. While the NTSB investigation into the incident is ongoing, Amtrak clearly feels it bears some level of responsibility in the incident as it has already offered to provide benefits and other forms of compensation to victims and their families. 

For more detailed information about the disaster, read AMTRAK CASCADES DERAILMENT DISASTER: A Legal Guide For Accident Victims/Survivors.  

Your Train Accident Liability Questions Answered, Your Legal Options Explained

Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Legal Awards; and Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards. And Davis Law Group has been distinguished as the Best Traffic Accident Firm in Washington State and named Most Feared Personal Injury Litigators in the Pacific Northwest by the Legal Elite Awards.

If you or a loved one has been injured in the Amtrak Cascades train derailment, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal rights and options before agreeing to any form of compensation by Amtrak or any other company or agency. The attorneys at Davis Law Group have been retained by several Amtrak victims of the crash and continue to investigate additional claims. 

Amtrak Cascade Train Accident Disaster

Date: December 18, 2017

Time: 7:33am

Location: The Amtrak Cascades train derailment disaster took place in Dupont, Washington where Mounts Road crosses Interstate 5 near the Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Eagle's Pride Golf Course in Pierce County, Washington.

Train Set Configuration: 12 cars and two engines

Train Models: Siemens Charger SC-44 with a Cummins QSK95 (4,400-horse power) diesel engine.  The locomotive weighs 42,000 pounds and is 8-foot tall.  

Speed: Train was going 81 mph at the time of the accident.  The speed limit for that section of track is 30 mph.

Passengers: 80 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash.

Crew: 5 Amtrak crew members were working on the train.

Motor Vehicle Collisions: 5 motor vehicles and 2 semi-trucks were involved in the crash.

Injuries: 72 people were injured.

Fatalities: 3 people were killed.

About Amtrak Cascades Train Service

Amtrak is the largest provider of passenger train service in Washington state and throughout the United States. The railway operator has hundreds of routes across the country that serve millions of traveling passengers every year. 

In 1999, Amtrak launched the Cascades route to serve passengers who wished to travel up and down the western coast of the U.S. The route runs north and south, to and from Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, British Columbia and has stops throughout the Pacific Northwest along the way.

Before 2017, the Amtrak Cascades trains had run successfully without incident since the service began in 1999. However, the Amtrak Cascades route experienced two serious incidents in 2017 - once on July 2nd, and then again on December 18th. The July incident was worse for optics than anything else; most passengers in that incident were unharmed, and those who were injured only suffered minor injuries. 

Devastating Amtrak Derailment In Dupont, WA

On December 18, 2017, a devastating Amtrak derailment occurred outside of Tacoma, Washington in the nearby town of DuPont. The passenger train derailed as it was crossing an overpass bridge above Interstate 5, and cars from the train eventually fell off of the bridge and landed on several vehicles in the roadway below. Three people were reportedly killed in the derailment, and dozens more have been injured and transported to nearby hospitals. 

The award-winning attorneys at Davis Law Group have been retained by multiple victims of the Amtrak derailment, and the firm is currently investigating other claims related to the incident. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of this tragic incident, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who has experience in handling claims against large transportation agencies. 

Our Mass Transit Lawsuit Experience

For nearly 25 years, attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at Davis Law Group have represented people who have been badly injured or killed as a result of someone else's negligence. This involves several high-profile cases against commercial vehicle companies and their insurers. Most recently, Davis Law Group successfully negotiated a $3 million settlement on behalf of a family whose parents were killed in a tragic collision with a transit vehcile. The terms of that settlement were confidential, so we can only share limited information about that case.

Amtrak Accident Law Firm

If you or a loved one was hurt in the December 2017 Amtrak derailment, it is likely in your best interests to at least consult with a qualified personal injury attorney who has experience in commercial vehicle and mass transit cases. Our attorneys will review your potential case absolutely free, and we will schedule you for a free legal consultation if we believe we can help improve or maintain the value of your case. 

Contact our office at (206) 727-4000 today or use the confidential contact form on this page to have your case reviewed by our award-winning legal team.