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Clifford Law Offices Says Montana Amtrak Crash Was Likely Preventable

Clifford Law Offices, a highly experienced law firm in representing families injured or killed in Amtrak crashes, stated on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, that the tragic crash in Montana with eight derailed cars injured more than 50 people and killed at least three was likely preventable, according to the experienced rail attorneys at the firm.

Clifford Law Offices has represented passengers in numerous rail crashes and derailments, one of the latest being a number of people injured or killed in the derailment of Amtrak 501 near Seattle, Washington. A settlement recently was reached on behalf of the firm’s clients in the 2017 derailment for $57 million.

This derailment of another Amtrak train was headed from Chicago to Seattle when it derailed in Joplin, Montana. It was reported to have 162 people on board that included 16 crew members.

“We certainly will wait to see what the investigation uncovers, but what we have seen in our prior experience is that most of these derailments are preventable,” said Sean Driscoll, partner at Clifford Law Offices and lead counsel in the 2017 Amtrak derailment in Seattle. “In our experience in representing families who have lost loved ones in derailments or those who have been injured, we have found that training, infrastructure and design are what need to be particularly examined. The human hand generally is involved when something goes wrong.”

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices with more than 40 years of rail litigation experience on behalf of plaintiffs, said the firm immediately deploys a go-to team of experts to preserve the evidence to get to the bottom of what happens when a terrible rail tragedy like this happens because the rail company and its insurers do so on its own behalf.

 “Clifford Law Offices represented me and my family when I was catastrophically injured as a result of the Amtrak derailment in December 2017 near Seattle, Washington.  We were fortunate to have benefitted from Clifford Law Offices professionalism, expertise and experience.” -Blaine Wilmotte

To speak to Sean Driscoll or a member of the transportation liability legal team at Clifford Law Offices, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).


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