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An outbound Amtrak train struck a woman stuck on the tracks yesterday, mere days after a separate Metra accident. The woman, who was driving with her dog, had been driving her Volvo station wagon on Harlem Avenue when she became stuck in traffic and was then trapped on Amtrak’s tracks. While she was stuck, the train’s signals began to flash, and the crossing gates lowered, leaving her helpless.

Amtrak had not scheduled for the train to stop in Riverside; it then struck her car at approximately 2:39 p.m. The woman went to a hospital in Berwyn for non-life threatening injuries, and the dog appeared to be uninjured. The woman has not taken legal action with personal injury attorneys yet.


How Safe Are You on a Train?

Trains have become a popular mode of transportation—especially for those living in Chicago—but lately, train accidents seem to be occurring more frequently.

Train accidents can sometimes occur when the driver losing the control of the vehicle or for not paying attention, but in certain instances, the injured can hold the train conductor and company liable for any damages from the accident.

Train companies are required to give adequate warnings when a train will be crossing the tracks. When train companies and conductors act recklessly and disregard important regulations, severe and even deadly accidents can occur, and they should be held responsible for their actions. In this case, Amtrak had not scheduled for the train to arrive, yet it ultimately struck the woman who had no way to move from the tracks. For preventable accidents that result in personal injuries of others, you may need a lawyer to establish a case.

When Should You Seek a Lawyer for your Train Accident Injuries?

Trains are incredibly powerful machinery, and, because of the force behind them, conductors should operate them with particular care. Because of their abrupt, sudden movements, train accidents can cause injuries that may worsen over time and result in future medical bills. If you or your loved one has been involved in any kind of train accident, whether a collision or derailment, legal representation may be necessary.

Train accident and personal injury attorneys concentrate in these cases, making sure the injured and their families know their rights and can have proper legal representation.

The lawyers at Malman Law have had experience with personal injury cases of all kinds, including train accidents. Our lawyers will help investigate the cause of the rail accident, as well as the details surrounding the case, like how fast the conductor was traveling or if he or she provided proper signal to cars and pedestrians.

To begin your case, contact Malman Law today, or read our e-Book download on personal injuries.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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