Amtrak Train Running to Washington D.C. Kills Two Teenage Girls

By Peter DePaolis

Millions of Americans every day rely upon public transportation to get to work, school and perform their daily errands. The government agencies and private companies that run these transportation systems and networks owe duties to their passengers to ensure that their travels are as safe as possible.

An Amtrak train that runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. recently struck and killed two high school girls. The girls were reportedly walking on the tracks when the train hit them, and it remains unclear what happened leading up to their deaths. Last fall, a train struck and killed a man at the same place where the girls were. Passengers have to walk down steps to get to the trains, which run on two separate tracks for north- and south-bound trains. A chain-link fence separates the tracks. There are numerous signs warning people not to cross the tracks, but many students do so anyway. A local high school is only two blocks away.

There are many possible causes in public transportation accidents. The transport entities must properly train their vehicle and train operators and ensure that they perform their duties non-negligently. Public transportation platforms and waiting areas should not pose hazards to passengers either.

A Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer understands the trauma and hardships faced by those suffering from public transportation accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries stemming from a public transportation accident, please contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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.