Amtrak Sues Trucking Company for Negligence in Deadly Crash

By Peter DePaolis

Amtrak’s owner filed a negligence lawsuit last month against a trucking company in connection with the fatal train collision that killed six people in Nevada. The National Railroad Passenger Corp. named John Davis Trucking Co. as the defendant in U.S. District Court.

According to the complaint, Amtrak alleges that the defendant should have known that its driver was unqualified to drive the tractor-trailer that collided with the train. The truck driver died in the June 24 crash. An investigation revealed that the railroad crossing signals were operating as the truck driver approached the tracks. In addition, the Amtrak train sounded its horn to alert vehicles at the railroad crossing. Despite the signals and the horn, the truck driver barreled through the crossing and struck the train. A driver behind the accused truck driver said he did not even brake before colliding with the train.

Amtrak alleges it suffered over $10 million in property damages. That amount could rise as Amtrak factors in its loss of rail cars and loss of business caused by the accident. In its complaint, Amtrak asked to amend the complaint once a more exact damage amount is available.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate the wreckage, which it has shipped to a maintenance yard in Nevada. Contact our office today to learn more.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.