Were you involved in the train derailment in Joplin, Montana? It is important to work with an attorney who knows the technical details of railroad litigation. Contact Pottroff and Karlin for a free initial consultation. We are experienced, proven, and passionate about finding justice for victims of railroad accidents.
On September 21, 2021, the westbound Empire Builder Amtrak train was derailed while traveling in Joplin, Montana on its way to Seattle. The train was carrying over 150 passengers and crew members when it derailed, with 8 of the 10 cars becoming derailed, and 2 of those cars falling on their sides.
3 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the accident. The NTSB investigation is still ongoing, but current information suggests that the cause of the derailment could have been ill-maintained tracks or cars, a misaligned switch, or a mechanical failure.
Railroads are considered common carriers and, as such, are legally obligated to provide the highest level of care and diligence to maintain the safety of their passengers and the general public. When they neglect these duties, it can result in the injuries or deaths of the people that they are obligated to protect.
The most common causes of train derailments are:
- Operator error (such as ignoring speed limits)
- Outdated equipment
- Poor maintenance
- Signal Failures
- Mechanical Failure
Train derailments can be avoided when proper care is taken, and Amtrak is liable for the deaths, injuries, and damages caused by their negligence.
Call today for a free consultation regarding your Amtrak derailment injury case. The attorneys at Pottroff & Karlin, LLC are dedicated to railroad safety and are eager to fight for your rightful compensation.