This past week, Chicago temperatures plummeted into record-breaking below freezing temperatures, dubbing the city with the nickname “Chiberia.” However, despite the “polar vortex” creating winter weather conditions foreign even to us in Chicago, many still needed to get on with their daily lives and get to their places of employment. Despite these below-freezing conditions, it is imperative that Chicago transportation companies, such as Metra and the CTA, take precaution to protect their paying customers from foreseeable dangers.
All week we heard on local media outlets from meteorologists and weather experts on the dangers and hazards this weather can bring. Because it was known how dangerous these conditions can be, transportation providers should plan ahead to make the commute as safe as possible. This can mean taking extra precautions and going above and beyond normal procedure, since they are aware of how dangerous the weather is. Despite changes in weather, commuters still deserve to feel safe in their travels to and from the downtown area.
However, according to Crain’s Chicago, 14 Metra passengers were injured when their train crashed at LaSalle Street Station as it arrived in Chicago. The train hit a bumping post as it pulled into the station, and six passengers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Another less-serious train accident occurred earlier in the same day. Metra and local authorities are currently investigating the causes of these actions, whether they were preventable, and whether or not the weather was related to them. Following these accidents, all Metra trains were instructed to enter the station platforms at “walking speed.”
As a passenger of public transportation, you are owed a level of care by the transportation company for a safe and danger-free commute. This duty requires transportation companies to plan ahead and prepare for various weather conditions, which can mean they must take extra steps at times to ensure the safety of passengers and accident-free travel. Our attorneys understand how serious public transportation accidents can be in some instances, and are experienced not only in train accident cases, but all types of accident lawsuits including those involving bus accidents and other means of transportation. Passengers should be able to rely that the train or bus has been properly inspected and that all parts are safe and operational. When accidents occur, it is often due to negligence of the driver and company. Because such accidents are preventable, passengers can take legal action to be compensated for their injuries. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can help you determine if you could hold a transportation company liable for your injuries.