The personal injury attorneys at The Collins Law Firm are representing a passenger injured in the recent train crash in Chicago and preparing to file a case against the Chicago Transit Authority.
The CTA train crash—which occurred when a Yellow Line train struck a CTA snow plow train doing scheduled training in the Howard rail yard– injured 38 people and was the largest train crash in decades. This tragic and unexpected crash sent 23 people to the hospital, including three in serious condition. Commuter train crashes like this are relatively rare, but when they do happen, they can injure or kill dozens of passengers. After a crash like the one in Chicago, the injured victims will need an experienced train accident attorney to safeguard their legal rights.
CTA, Metra, and Amtrak are the most well-known trains in the Chicago area. However, Illinois’ train system is much larger than that. Illinois has 41 railroads currently operating, with about 9,982 miles of railroad tracks. When you compare those numbers with the fact that, on average, a train accident occurs every 3 hours in the United States, you may feel a little uneasy. Most of those accidents, however, involve freight trains moving at low speeds and do not result in serious injuries. By contrast, passenger trains travel much faster and do not require any special protection–such as seatbelts– for passengers. So, when a passenger or commuter train is involved in a crash, it can result in severe, life-threatening or catastrophic injuries. Having an experienced train accident attorney from the Collins Law Firm will help to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve if you are injured in a train accident.