Commuters Died. Is No One Accountable?
Victims of a 2008 California train crash, which left 25 dead and more than 100 injured, are still fighting for justice. It was California's worst train disaster ever.
The devastating wreck was caused by a Veolia employee who was text messaging and plowed through a stop signal. The French train operator, Veolia, is worth billions, but when it came time to compensate the victims and families of those in the accident, the judge’s hands were tied.
The law allowed the judge only $200 million to compensate over 100 people for their injuries, which may sound like a lot, but in most cases it was not even enough to cover medical expenses.
The judge compared it to treating 125 people with 10 bandages.
Why did it happen? Because corporations behind the deceptively-named "Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act" shielded the company from full responsibility by putting a one-size-fits-all cap on compensation victims can receive.
Six years after the accident, the victims continue to suffer the effects of injustice while Veolia trains keep running, shielded from responsibility by the lie of tort reform.