While public transportation is an essential part of Chicago’s infrastructure, it is not without its risks. Each year, several people suffer serious and fatal injuries in accidents involving CTA, Metra, and other trains throughout the Chicagoland area.
Providing Chicago’s residents and visitors with cheap, reasonably-efficient, and environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives, the city’s public train systems play an important role in many people’s daily lives. Crisscrossing the city from Inglewood to Manhattan and from O’Hare Airport to Union Station, the Metra system and the CTA’s “L” train connect outlying neighborhoods with transit hubs and all that the Windy City has to offer.
While providing essential services for many individuals, Chicago’s train systems are not without their risks. From derailments to collisions with cars and pedestrians, train accidents regularly cause serious damage and, in some cases, take innocent victims’ lives. Located in downtown Chicago, Malman Law provides experienced legal representation for victims of CTA, Metra, and other train accidents.
About Chicago’s Train Systems
The Chicagoland area is served by two primary public train systems: the “L” train and Metra. Union Station serves numerous Amtrak lines as well.
About CTA’s “L” Train
Chicago’s famous “L” train is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The “L” train (“L” is short for “elevated”) serves more than 140 stations via elevated railways and subway tunnels under the city. Eight train lines run from the suburbs to the north, west, and south, converging downtown with stops at many of the city’s busiest centers and most iconic locations.
The Metra train system is owned by the Metropolitan Rail Corporation and primarily serves commuters. Operators include the Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway, and South Shore Line. Metra has 11 train lines that serve some 200 stations throughout Chicagoland.
About Amtrak at Chicago’s Union Station
Along with the “L” train and Metra, with Union Station in the heart of downtown, Chicago is also a major stop on many local and long-distance Amtrak train lines (Amtrak owns Union Station). Each day, numerous Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, picking up and depositing commuters, residents, and visitors several times every hour.
Injuries from Train Accidents
Although less frequent than car accidents, train accidents are more common than most people realize. The Federal Railroad Administration reports that annually there are nearly 2,000 train accidents nationwide. The leading causes of these accidents include:
- Train derailments (responsible for more than half of all accidents)
- Human factors
- Track-related issues
- Equipment and signal malfunctions
- Collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles
In Chicago, the situation is no different. People die and suffer injuries in train accidents every year. While many of these deaths and injuries result from major accidents like derailments and collisions, even more “minor” incidents can result in serious injuries as well. Train operators owe a duty to keep their passengers and the public safe, and if you have suffered any type of injury in a train accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
At Malman law, we handle train accident cases involving all types of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Severe lacerations and contusions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments and soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Also, if you have lost a loved one in a Chicago train accident, we can help you pursue a claim for wrongful death.
In any case, your injuries or your loved one’s loss is likely to have significant, long-term consequences for your health, general well-being, and finances. When you hire one of our attorneys, we will fight to make sure that you receive the largest possible settlement or verdict for your train accident claim.
Why Choose Malman Law?
Malman Law has been helping accident victims secure just compensation since 1994. Our attorneys have represented over 15,000 clients, and have recovered more than $200 million in compensation for their injuries and losses.
With our 95 percent success rate, we are able to offer all clients our Zero Fee Guarantee. When you choose Malman Law, you pay nothing out of pocket. That means no up-front costs, no expenses, and no attorneys’ fees. We cover all of the costs of pursuing your claim, and we only get paid if we help you secure financial compensation. You truly have nothing to lose – and everything to gain.
Speak with a Malman Law Attorney about Your Chicago Train Accident Case Today
To find out if you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s death, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Give us a call at (888) 562-0928 or contact us online to discuss your Chicago train accident case with an attorney today.