Amtrak Train Accident Lawyers Serving People Injured in Illinois and Beyond
Congress passed legislation in 1970 to create Amtrak, a nationwide railway service transporting passengers and luggage throughout the continental United States. Over thirty million people ride on Amtrak trains annually, and there are roughly 10,000 Amtrak-related accidents across the United States each year.
Most of these accidents occur while passengers are on platforms or boarding and exiting trains. Still, more severe accidents may occur involving vehicles at railroad crossings, derailments, or incidents involving passing trains.
Amtrak is a private company that could be held legally liable if passengers or bystanders are injured due to negligent actions.
Hiring a Chicago Amtrak Train Injury Attorney
The Chicago train accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers help commuter and pedestrian victims of Amtrak, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and METRA train railroad accidents with moderate to serious injuries and wrongful death.
Our personal injury attorneys currently represent train accident victims throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, LaSalle, Naperville, and Waukegan.
Amtrak Train Accident FAQs
How Many Amtrak Crashes Have There Been?
According to the federal Department of Transportation, over 5800 train accidents occur every year involving motor vehicles. However, the numbers are significantly lower, involving crashes with an Amtrak passenger train.
Statistics maintained by the Federal Railroad Administration revealed two severe Amtrak train accidents in 2017 on the Northeast Regional rail line in Washington, DC, and the Amtrak Cascades train in DuPont, Washington.
In 2018, the Amtrak Silver Star in South Carolina collided with a CSX freight train in February, and an Amtrak charter train struck a commercial garbage truck in Virginia in January.
How Many People Died From Trains in 2019?
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 937 individuals lost their lives in train accidents in 2019. This number up was up significantly from the previous year with 818 fatalities.
In 2017, there were also 818 fatalities associated with train accidents and 760 deaths in 2016.
How Often is Someone Hit by a Train?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car, truck, cyclist, or pedestrian is struck by a train approximately once every two hours around-the-clock. Drivers and train engineers staying more alert and attentive could have prevented nearly all train accidents, collisions, and railroad-related deaths every year.
How Many Deer are Hit by Trains Each Year?
The Federal Railroad Administration estimates that U.S. trains are involved in well over a million deer-related collisions, accidents, and events every year. Statistics show that more train involvement with deer occurs during November than any other month of the year when deer become more active during their mating season.
How do People Die on Train Tracks?
Hundreds of adults and children have been struck by trains on railroad tracks each year. There were at least 300 reports in 2017 of individuals intentionally placing themselves in the path of a moving train to commit suicide.
Local and state police reports managed by the Federal Railroad Administration concluded that there were 266 successful suicide events that year on the nation's railroad system.
What Would Happen if a Train Hit a Car?
Trains hitting cars create legal complications to determine who was at fault for causing the collision. If the victim can prove that the train operator acted negligently, leading to the accident, the railroad company or Amtrak might be legally responsible for medical bills, hospitalization costs, and time away from work.
A car or truck driver at fault for causing the collision might be liable for all damages and losses. However, all damages would likely be paid by the responsible party's insurance company.
Types of Accidents Encountered by Passengers on Amtrak Trains
Not all passenger train injuries are the result of train-car accidents, freight train collision, or derailment, but may occur during normal and regular operation. Regardless of how you have been injured, it is crucial to investigate whether steps could have been taken to provide a safer environment or warn passengers of hazards.
Common Amtrak train crashes include the following.
- Slip, trip, or fall injuries — These injuries may occur when passengers are moving inside of the train or when they are boarding or leaving the train. Inclement weather can cause surfaces to become slick, and objects placed in the aisles on the train can pose a tripping hazard.
Train platforms may be slippery if it is cold, raining, or snowing, and warnings must be present to alert travelers to these hazards. (Look here for more discussion)
- Sudden stops or accelerating — Should the train come to a sudden halt or lurch forward in sudden movements, passengers can be thrown from their seats or fall if they are in the aisle when the sudden deceleration or acceleration occurs.
- Poorly maintained premises — Premises liability refers to the responsibility of any property owner to ensure that reasonable measures are taken to ensure safety and warn of hazards.
Passengers could be injured on a train platform while traveling through a train station or while on any other property that is owned or maintained by Amtrak. In these incidents, Amtrak may be held liable for the repayment of medical and other financial expenses.
- Employee negligence— Employees are not perfect. They might make mistakes that lead to injuries. It is the responsibility of Amtrak to provide compensation if an employee harms a traveler through any negligent action.
- Collision or derailment— the most severe and far-reaching accidents involve collisions with other vehicles or train derailments. Trains are mighty and massive machines capable of doing incredible damage to property and injuring passengers and bystanders.
When this happens, Amtrak may be held liable to the families of any person killed in the incident and directly to any who have been injured or suffered damage to personal property.
If you, family members, or a loved one were injured in an Amtrak accident, it is crucial to report your injury immediately, seek medical treatment, and collect as much information as possible about the scene of the accident so that an experienced attorney may begin an investigation into the injury case to determine the cause of your injuries as well as a fault.
Since not all injuries are immediately apparent, Amtrak might not know that you have been injured unless you report the incident. Filing a report with both the police and Amtrak and seeking medical care establishes that you were indeed injured and have a potential personal injury claim.
Hire an Amtrak Train Accident Lawyer to Handle Your Case
The Illinois train accident injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims injured in Amtrak train accidents. If you were a passenger, railroad worker, or employee involved in a railroad company train accident and were injured, let us collect pertinent information needed to investigate your case.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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