Thursday, May 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment
that took place in Frankfort. Sadly, on that day, eight people suffered
fatal injuries while over 200 others suffered serious harms. The National
Transportation Safety Board reported that the Amtrak train reached speeds
exceeding 100 miles per hour before derailing on a curve near Frankford Junction.
Still, a mystery remains. Even now, researchers cannot identify the exact
cause of the accident or any circumstances leading up to the tragic event.
The engineer of Amtrak 188 states that his memory of that evening remains
foggy. As of now, no criminal charges have been filed. However, cameras
have been installed throughout the cabs of locomotives so that the performance
of engineers can be monitored.
New Technologies That Can Prevent Amtrak Accidents
Recently, many individuals have called into question Amtrak’s failure
to use the Positive Train Control system during the time of the accident.
Many persons believe that if this technology was implemented in that area,
the crash could have been completely avoided. Experts state that this
technology is capable of stopping or slowing Amtrak trains in order to
prevent them from entering established work zones, colliding with other
trains, derailing, and improper steering in areas where tracks merge.
Why Have These Technologies Not Been Implemented?
Congress had originally set a deadline to have these technologies installed
no later than December 31, 2015. However, when Congress discovered this
process would cost much more and be a much larger undertaking than they
had originally planned, government officials extended the deadline to
December 31, 2018. With late timing, the Positive Train Control system
was completed at the area of the fatal accident just 7 months after the
tragic event had occurred.
While lawmakers are working diligently to improve Amtrak train safety,
Amtrak remains under scrutiny for derailments, collisions, and other types
of accidents that have taken place recently.
Was Someone You Love in an Amtrak Accident? Call Our Legal Team.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an Amtrak accident or any
other type of train collision, get in touch with
a Philadelphia train accident lawyer from Shrager, Spivey & Sachs right away. When you entrust our team
with your case, we will take the time to examine the intricacies of your
case and determine who should be held responsible for your injuries. These
types of cases are time-sensitive, so it is important you seek experienced
legal counsel as soon as possible.
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