If you are a victim involved in a train accident, you need not look any further for a Chicago train accident attorney than The Horwitz Law Group. Our practice involves lawyers with an impressive record and substantial experience handling legal claims arising out of accidents involving trains. If you do happen to find yourself an injured victim of a train accident, whether as a passenger or otherwise, you can feel confident if you bring your claim to our experienced and qualified lawyers.
Someone can find themselves injured due to a train accident in a variety of ways. Foremost, one can be a passenger on a train in an accident, such as derailing or colliding with something obstructing the train tracks. Such accidents can be disastrous and often result in numerous injuries and fatalities.
Given how many people use railroad transportation in Illinois each day, particularly in the city of Chicago, the chances of an accident injuring a rail commuter are higher than one would expect. Furthermore, train derailments can have potentially devastating consequences for anyone located near the site of the derailment. In 2019, Illinois saw a major train derailment in which fourteen freight carts burst into flames following the train running off the tracks, leaving several bystanders injured.
Another potential way to be an injured victim of a train accident is being struck by a train while crossing the tracks, although, in such a scenario, the injury would likely be fatal, and family members would need to claim wrongful death. Another instance of a train accident resulting in injury is when a car is struck while crossing train tracks. This can often occur when the warning signals for oncoming trains are inoperative or if a train is exceeding the speed it is meant to travel at and reaches the intersection with a road before the train signals can adequately warn drivers. Injuries to those not riding the train occur most frequently at intersections with roadways or along railroad right-of-ways.
In 2019 alone, there were 104 collisions at highway-rail crossings that resulted in 19 people losing their lives. That is significant, as in the entire United States for the year, there were 265 people killed nationwide in train accidents. Illinois saw 120 train collisions in one year that resulted in 22 deaths and 43 injuries. These numbers may not appear astonishing at first glance; however, in 2020, Illinois’ 122 train collisions ranked fourth amongst states nationwide, making Illinois one of the most dangerous states when it comes to train accidents.
If you suffer an injury related to a train accident, you need to contact The Horwitz Law Group to aid you in pursuing your legal claim for damages. We have substantial experience handling train accident personal injury claims and have helped many Chicago residents obtain the compensation they are entitled to for their injuries. If you or someone you know was injured in a train accident, reach out to our firm for a consultation on what we can do to pursue your legal claim against the responsible party. Contact us today, by going online and visiting our website, and we’ll get started working to represent your claim thoroughly and successfully.
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