Suits over fatal Philadelphia Amtrak crash will depend on what NTSB finds: Was train going too fast?

Suits over fatal Philadelphia Amtrak crash will depend on what NTSB finds: Was train going too fast?

| May 14, 2015 |

By Martha Neil ABA Journal

After a fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia on Tuesday, it is virtually a certainty that litigation is on the horizon concerning at least some of the seven people killed and over 200 injured.

But until the National Transportation Safety Board completes an investigation, it won’t be clear what direction that litigation should take, personal injury lawyers tell the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.).

Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB said the train was traveling at 106 mph as it headed into a curve with a maximum posted speed of 50 mph, derailing the engine and all seven cars, CNN reported Wednesday.