Headlines from the daily newspapers to the pages of our Las Vegas personal injury attorney blog are continuing to cover the Amtrak crash last Friday in northern Nevada that killed six and injured some 20 passengers. As new details emerge about this tragic Nevada train accident, it begins to seem as if this tragedy was not so much a freak accident as it was a disaster waiting to happen.
Earlier this week reports emerged that the driver of the vehicle involved in the Nevada semi-truck accident had at least three traffic citations for speeding issued while he was working as a school bus driver. Initial investigations indicate that the tractor trailer was moving at or even in excess of the 70 MPH speed limit until immediately before the crash. A team of accident investigators from across the country is collaborating to recreate the scene and determine if the driver might have been engaging in distracted driving in the moments before the crash. The national train company Amtrak filed a suit against the trucking company whose driver caused the accident alleging that J0hn Davis Trucking company had failed to adequately train its employee in safety procedures and safe practices.
Other reports have suggested that the environment was as much as a factor in the crash as the driver’s actions. Regular Amtrak conductors report that the crossing in Trinity, Nevada where the crash occurred is the scene of numerous near-misses every year. The tracks cross a flat highway and although there are warning lights and crossbars the monotony of Nevada highways is all too often a cause of inattentiveness that leads to Nevada motor vehicle accidents. It is conceivable that the families of those killed in this accident could bring Nevada wrongful death lawsuits against the state and federal authorities in charge of regulating the highway and the railroad crossing for failing to design an adequately safe crossing.
This tragic accident has been a wake-up call in many ways to a society that takes train travel greatly for granted. Although it is a romantic and fuel-efficient means of transportation, rail travel is not without its hazards and this incident makes that point in a tragic way. If you have legal questions and need honest answers, contact us today for a free consultation.