Wednesday, Amtrak filed a suit against the trucking company responsible for causing an accident last week resulting in six fatalities.
The accident occurred when John Davis Trucking Company plowed through the railroad crossings in Nevada, striking two of ten Amtrak railcars headed for California, causing it to catch fire.
Now, days after the crash, Amtrak is stepping in, suing the trucking company for negligence which resulted in over $10 million worth the damages (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jun/29/amtrak-sues-trucking-company-over-fatal-northern-n/).
According to The Las Vegas Sun, Amtrak is arguing that John Davis Trucking “negligently entrusted the Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig to driver Lawrence Ruben Valli II,” who they “should have known was ‘incompetent and unqualified’ to operate the truck and that the company negligently hired him and then failed to properly train him.”
Since we last updated you earlier in the week in our post “Trucking Company’s Safety Record Questioned after Amtrak Accident,” new charges against the trucking company and driver have been discovered. These include an additional two speeding violations, but since Valli’s several tickets were distributed at various time frames, it did not cause him to lose his license.
As USA Today notes, “Under Nevada law, a driver will lose a commercial license for 60 days if he or she commits “two serious violations” within a three-year period. A “serious-violation” is defined as traveling 15 mph above the speed limit or higher. A driver’s commercial license will be taken for 120 days if he or she is issued three serious traffic violations in a three-year period” (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-06-29-amtrak-truck-driver-had-traffic-violations_n.htm).
The Associated Press also acknowledges the fact that Valli was arrested in 2007 for failure to appear from a charge in 2006 of operating a vehicle with an expired registration.
There is no word as of yet from John Davis Trucking regarding the lawsuit and a Washoe County District judge has already ruled that any evidence from the crash be immune from being destroyed (http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18377167).
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What is your opinion regarding the Amtrak accident and what do you feel should be the verdict?