Illinois Mass Transit Accident Legal Information

Chicago Train Accident Lawyers

Public and private transportation on a large scale is regulated by a complex system of federal and state laws and governing bodies. From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), passengers of rail trains, aircraft, buses, and subway trains are supposed to be protected by numerous agencies and administrations. Between the CTA, Metra subway system, and PACE bus system, the Regional Transportation Authority of Illinois provides 600 million transit rides each year. Given that high volume of mass transit traffic, accidents happen — and for victims, receiving just compensation and legal assistance can be incredibly difficult.

The Chicago train accident lawyers of Steinberg Goodman & Kalish are proficient in maneuvering through the complexities of Illinois mass transit accidents. Our legal team has experience with accidents involving trains, airplanes and helicopters, and buses and subways. If you or a family member has been involved in a mass transit accident and are suffering from injuries resulting from the accident, please contact our Chicago attorneys as soon as possible. Because of the nature of these incidents, it is tragically common for important evidence to be lost during the accident itself, making it that much more crucial for victims and loved ones to act quickly.

Below are some important facts from our Chicago train accident attorneys regarding several different types of Illinois mass transit accidents and related legal information.

Train Accidents

Every weekday, the CTA provides approximately 1.5 million rides throughout Chicago and the surrounding area. New rail lines and routes are being created as more and more people look to mass transit for their transportation needs. In addition, railroad companies, such as Amtrak, are also important providers of mass transportation throughout the state of Illinois. However, just as in private transportation, there are dangers to using mass transit. Train accidents can result in serious injuries to passengers, motorists and pedestrians.

The most common forms of train accidents include:

  • derailments
  • collisions with other trains
  • collisions with motor vehicles at railroad crossings
  • hazardous materials spills
  • crossing fatalities due to unprotected crossings
  • occupational illness of railroad employees

These accidents may be the result of improperly maintained tracks, mechanical failure, driver inexperience or fatigue, train or track defects, negligent operation, or improper signs and warnings. In order to receive compensation in a railroad accident case, it must be determined that the railroad company was negligent, and therefore responsible for your injuries.

Railroad companies are responsible for the safety of their passengers and of people near their rail tracks and stations. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, our Chicago train accident lawyers can assist you in receiving compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. For victims of Illinois mass transit accidents, we can offer aggressive legal representation and assistance. Time is of the essence — retaining legal counsel as soon as possible will help to protect the validity of your case. Contact Steinberg Goodman & Kalish today to schedule a consultation.

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Aviation Accidents

Aviation law is a complex area of law involving federal regulation. Injuries or deaths resulting from plane crashes may be the result of the aircraft design or the errors of pilots and air traffic controllers. Aviation accidents can involve commercial airlines, private airplanes, and commercial or private helicopters. There are various causes of aviation accidents, including engine failures, loss of control during approach or landing, weather, turbulence, and pilot decision-making.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an aviation accident, contact our Chicago mass transit and train accident attorneys today. We can help you understand your rights and help you with issues involving the airline company or the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Bus and Subway Accidents

Chicago's Pace suburban bus system and Metra subway system are part of the second largest mass transit operation in the United States. Between 240 bus routes and 122 Metra stations, millions of people are passengers on both systems every single day. With so many miles of subway tracks and city streets to maneuver, maintain, and move across, it is not surprising that Illinois mass transit accidents take place on a regular basis. Our legal team can determine whether mechanical malfunction, driver error, derailment, dangerous weather conditions, or another of the many possible causes is to blame for your accident. Then, we'll help you obtain compensation.

From wrongful death and severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, to less grave injuries, such as smoke inhalation or whiplash, the law firm of Steinberg Goodman & Kalish can take your case. Our Chicago, Illinois, mass transit and train accident lawyers will protect your legal rights. Our attorneys will not stop working for you until justice is served and you receive fair compensation for your suffering. Contact us today for a complimentary case review.

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