Amtrak Train Wrecks



The Law Firm of Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC represents victims of Amtrak crashes and derailments.  If you or a loved one has been hurt on an Amtrak train please call Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC - The Heavy Hitters Today at 1-800-LAW-0804.

Press Release for Derailment in Halifax County

RALEIGH, NC / ACCESSWIRE / April 13, 2015 / Victims of the Amtrak train tragedy in North Carolina that injured over 50 people are taking the important step of seeking legal representation and filing their lawsuit (Halifax County Superior Court 15-CVS-313) seeking damages for their injuries to make sure their rights are preserved. Bob Pottroff of Pottroff Law Office, P.A. has been retained by victims to investigate the tragedy and bring justice to the victims and their families. Bob Pottroff is a nationally renowned attorney who, over the past 30 years, has focused his practice on successfully advocating for railroad crossing accident victims.

Pottroff Law Office has joined forces with North Carolina based attorney Robert Tatum of Tatum and Atkinson, PLLC, who also represents some of the victims. North Carolina attorney Paul Coates of Pinto, Coates, Kyre & Bowers, PLLC, will also help prosecute this lawsuit. C. Michael Bee of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee and Deitzler, PLLC, will also be joining the legal team.

It is virtually certain that a simple technology could have prevented this crash as well as another Amtrak crash that occurred in New York just a few days ago. This simple technology is Positive Train Control (PTC). PTC is a technology that could have notified the Amtrak train well in advance that the crossing was occupied. This advance warning could have given the train crew enough time to stop the train before it hit the tractor-trailer. Since 2011 there have been at least 24 collisions on Class One freight and passenger commuter railroad tracks that a PTC system could have prevented. Those incidents resulted in a total of at least 13 deaths and 187 injuries, most of them serious.

Among the other factors being investigated is whether the tractor-trailer driver was properly trained to navigate the truck over the crossing and whether the trucking company took the appropriate precautions when transporting heavy, over-sized machinery and equipment.


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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, you are devastated not only by what has happened, but by the effect that the injury or loss has had on you and your family. At this difficult time, you need an experienced team that will support you through your road to recovery. Call Tatum & Atkinson today!