Train Derailment Representation

On December 18,2017 an Amtrak train on its way from Tacoma to Portland was going too fast and came off the tracks as it came around a corner. Several passenger cars derailed off a bridge and crashed to Interstate 5 below.  Dozens of people were injured. Several lost their lives.

This tragedy hits close to home for us.  Ambulances taking injured victims would drive past our Olympia Office on their way to St. Peter Hospital for emergency care.  Those same ambulances would then drive past our office on their way back to the site of the disaster to rescue more victims.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in this tragedy.  This will be a difficult holiday season for them.

The news has reported many preliminary causes and concerns about this new Amtrak route.   The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that the train was travelling 80 mph in a 30-mph zone according to the black box recovered from the accident.  This fatal derailment happened on a new bypass route on the first day that it was used—it was intended to shave 10 minutes off the trip from Seattle to Portland.  There were many concerns about the safety of this new bypass route, including strong opposition by Lakewood Mayor, Don Anderson who predicted that people would eventually be killed on this line because of the safety concerns.

We encourage the victims and their families to seek the legal help they need to navigate the aftermath of this tragedy.  If you have questions, we are here to help.  We will give a free initial consultation to families and victims of this tragedy.  Please call our office to set up an appointment.

Olympia: 360-455-0030
Lakewood: 253-365-6565
Toll Free: 1-800-700-8082

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