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If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a train accident, you are likely facing a long road to recovery paved with extensive medical treatment and mounting medical bills. Your stress may worsen if you cannot work during your recovery.
An offer from an insurance company may seem like a lifeline. But before you accept their offer, consult a lawyer. You may deserve more compensation than you think.
Insurance companies want to settle claims quickly before you understand the full extent of your damages. A lawyer can assess your injuries and determine a more accurate value for your claim. If you retain their services, they will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Otherwise, if you accept an offer without discussing your case with an attorney, you may waive your right to seek more financial support if your injuries require more medical attention than anticipated or you cannot return to work as planned.
Compensation available to train accident victims can vary based on the nature and severity of injuries and the circumstances of the accident.
Your lawyer will consider all damages you may claim, including:
According to the National Safety Council, train crashes injured 6,252 people last year — a 6 percent increase over the previous year. A total of 954 people were killed in train accidents, representing an 11 percent increase from the year prior.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, with eight L train lines. Nearly 30 percent of commuters in the city primarily rely on public transit. The last six years saw 252 train collisions at public, private, and pedestrian crossings across Cook County.
Train accidents can vary widely in terms of their severity and danger. The danger associated with a train accident depends on various factors, including the type of accident, the speed of the train, the number of cars involved, the cargo transported, and the location of the incident.
Here are some common types of train accidents and their potential dangers:
When a train comes off its tracks, it can lead to dangerous accidents, especially in high-speed derailments or those involving hazardous materials.
Whether head-on or at an angle, train collisions can result in significant damage to the trains and pose a risk to passengers and nearby communities.
If a train transports hazardous materials, a derailment or collision can lead to spills or leaks, posing environmental and health risks. These materials could burn, explode, poison, or otherwise endanger nearby residents.
Structural failures of bridges or tunnels can lead to catastrophic accidents, especially if the train is traveling over water or through a densely populated area.
Human errors, such as signaling mistakes or operator errors, can contribute to accidents. The severity depends on the nature of the error and the circumstances.
Accidents involving passenger trains can be particularly concerning due to the potential for passenger injuries or fatalities.
A train accident can involve multiple parties that you may hold liable for any resulting injuries:
You may hold the company that owns and operates the railroad infrastructure liable for accidents caused by issues such as poor maintenance of tracks, signaling malfunctions, or other infrastructure failures.
If the accident is a result of human error, such as a train operator’s negligence, you may hold the operator personally liable. This includes situations where the operator fails to follow safety procedures, misinterprets signals, or engages in reckless behavior.
If a train accident is caused by a defect in the train’s equipment or components, you may hold the manufacturer of those parts liable. This can include issues with braking systems, engines, or other critical components.
If a third-party company is responsible for maintaining the railroad tracks, signals, or other infrastructure, you may hold them liable if inadequate maintenance contributes to an accident.
In some cases, you may hold government agencies responsible for overseeing and regulating railroads liable if their negligence or failure to enforce safety regulations contributes to an accident.
If the accident involves a collision with a vehicle at a railroad crossing or a pedestrian on the tracks, you may hold the driver or pedestrian liable if their actions contributed to the accident.
If the train transported hazardous materials and a spill or leak occurred, you may hold the owner of the cargo liable, especially if improper labeling or packaging contributed to the incident.
A lawyer can help in several ways when pursuing a train accident claim.
Here are some ways in which a lawyer with Midwest Injury Lawyers can assist you:
Our personal injury lawyers understand the legal principles and regulations related to accidents and injuries. They can assess the specific circumstances of your train accident, determine liability, and guide you through the legal process.
Your lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation into the train accident, collecting relevant evidence to support your claim. This may involve obtaining accident reports, analyzing maintenance records, interviewing witnesses, and consulting experts in railroad operations.
Your lawyer can identify all potentially responsible parties, whether it’s the railroad company, train operator, manufacturer, or others.
Train accident claims often involve complex legal procedures and regulations. Your lawyer can help you navigate these processes, meeting all deadlines, filing the necessary paperwork, and adhering to legal requirements.
You must determine the full extent of your damages to obtain fair compensation. Your lawyer can assess and calculate damages, considering medical expenses, lost earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, and other relevant factors.
Insurance companies may try to settle claims quickly and for less than their full value. Your lawyer can handle negotiations on your behalf, working to secure a fair settlement that adequately covers your losses.
If negotiations fail to reach a fair settlement, your lawyer can represent you in court. They will file the necessary legal documents, present your case, cross-examine witnesses, and argue on your behalf during trial.
Our lawyers have access to a network of experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and economists, who can provide expert opinions to strengthen your case.
Your lawyer can protect your rights throughout the legal process. They can advise you on what to say or not say to insurance adjusters and other parties, protecting you from potential pitfalls.
Having a lawyer on your side allows you to focus on your recovery while they handle the stressful legal aspects of your case.
If you or a loved one suffered due to a train accident in Chicago, you deserve justice and fair compensation. Such incidents can overwhelm you, but you don’t have to face it alone.
The team of experienced Chicago train accident lawyers at Midwest Injury Lawyers is here to guide you through the legal process and fight for your rights. We can hold negligent parties accountable and secure the compensation you need for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
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