Every day, thousands of people rely upon CTA, Metra and Amtrak trains in the Chicagoland area. As with most passenger train transportation systems, Illinois trains have numerous stops along the many train lines in our areas. However, as you know, trains are not the only way that people reach their destinations, and cars remain the most popular method of traveling. A dense mix of trains and cars though ultimately means their paths will often cross, particularly in Chicago suburban areas where many towns are serviced by multiple lines and are home to multiple railroad crossings.
As a result of heavy train traffic in and around Chicago, there is an increased risk for being involved in collisions with trains. Train accident injuries are often fatal or life-changing due to the size, weight, and speed of trains as compared to motor vehicles. It is almost miraculous when someone survives a train collision, as all odds and laws of physics are against them.
To get an idea of what it is like to survive a train accident, listen to what one Amtrak train crash survivor had to say in recent reports by WGN. Recently an Amtrak train and station wagon collided in the Chicago suburb of Riverside. A 67-year-old woman and her dog stopped in their car at the train crossing at Burlington. The driver realized she was a little too close to the crossing to be safe, and had a great deal of traffic stopped behind her. She backed up her car a little, but the train was headed fast at 71 miles per hour. It collided with the front of the station wagon, resulting in both the driver and her dog needing hospital care. Thankfully, both survived this accident.
It is important to note here that although this driver did not stop in the middle of the tracks, not maintaining a safe distance from the tracks still put her in danger. Always stay well behind the crossing gates and crossing lines to ensure your safety. The driver in this accident says that this will permanently change how she travels to and from home. By relaying such stories to our readers, we hope that it also changes the way other drivers travel around railroads too and can prevent future accidents in the Chicago community.
It is important that everyone in the community, both train employees and citizens, do everything they can to prevent train accident fatalities. If you have been injured as a passenger on a train or a bystander to a passing train, you may have a legal claim if the accident was a result of someone else’s negligence. In order to ensure fair compensation, it is crucial to work with a law firm that has experience representing clients in similar matters due to the complex nature of these cases. Train accident lawsuits can be complicated because passenger railroad systems have many routes and operate in many locations. This is due to a legal term known, as jurisdiction, which has to do with location. For example, let’s say that you want to file a lawsuit in Cook County. To do so, the accident would have had to have occurred in Cook County, or the defendant would have to operate business in Cook County.
Our attorneys work to protect the rights of injured plaintiffs. Even though our law office is located in Chicago, we frequently serve victims throughout Illinois. If you have been injured in a train accident, we would be happy to hear from you and discuss your case. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to assist you in a lawsuit.