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Lawsuits over Amtrak Crash Seek to Challenge Damages Cap for Catastrophic Injuries

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on May 22, 2015

A 1990s law capped the damages available to Amtrak train passengers who suffer catastrophic injuries at $200 million per accident, no matter how many passengers are injured. In the wake of a crash in Philadelphia, however, attorneys have begun to band together in order to challenge the law.

Investigators say that the train derailed after attempting to navigate a dangerous curve at 106 miles per hour, which is more than twice the posted speed limit for that stretch of track. Currently, investigation is underway to match the engineer’s cell phone records to the train’s data in order to determine whether the engineer was texting or talking on the phone at any critical point before the crash. Read the rest »

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