Will the Engineer in the Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment Face Charges?

Update: The Pennsylvania Attorney General has stepped in and will be filing charges against the engineer in the deadly Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. We will be updating our blog with more information as it becomes available.

Recently, WPVI-TV reported on news regarding the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 crash that claimed the lives of eight people and left around 200 others injured. Reportedly, the Amtrak engineer who was speeding prior to the deadly derailment will not face criminal charges. According to WPVI-TV, the engineer could not be charged because prosecutors could not prove that his speeding was the result of “conscious disregard”. Federal investigators concluded that the reason the engineer was operating the train at 106 mph while on a curve with a 50-mph speed limit is because he was distracted and lost track of his location. Reportedly, the engineer became distracted after hearing news that someone had thrown a rock at a nearby commuter train.

Our Law Firm Helped Recover the Largest Railroad Accident Settlement in US History

Following the Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment, Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck attorneys Fred Eisenberg and Todd Schoenhaus were appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee (PMC) for the multidistrict litigation (MDL) related to the incident. The PMC was able to secure a historic $265 million settlement for the victims of the Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment and their families, which is the largest train accident settlement in US history.

We Fight to Hold Individuals and Businesses Responsible for Their Negligence

In the following video, personal injury lawyer Fred Eisenberg tells the story of a case handled by our law firm that involved a student who was paralyzed on a school trip. We filed an injury lawsuit against Stuyvesant High School and the City of New York. As a result of the suit, the City of New York was forced to pay out the highest settlement in its history to our client.


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