The METRA commuter train transportation system takes commuters throughout Chicagoland to their destination. Sadly, it is not uncommon for accidents to occur in the Metra system due to the high use of these commuter trains.
A decade ago, the METRA (Metropolitan Rail Corporation – Chicago Commuter Railroad) was open to customers, that transported over 82 million passengers that year.
The following year, the Metra provided over 81.3 million rides. It is the second primary available system for transportation throughout the Chicago area, after the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway system.
Hiring a Chicago METRA Train Injury Attorney
If you were injured on a Metra train, platform or station, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for a free consultation with an attorney who can advise you of your legal options.
Our firm prosecutes Chicago METRA accident and crashes, helping victims of Amtrak and mass transit train accidents get the maximum compensation for their injuries through coverage by insurance companies and workers’ compensation benefits.
Our personal injury lawyers currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to discuss your railroad accident legal issues during a free case evaluation.
Rail Safety on Metra Tracks
While employees, the police, and public agencies are responsible for maintaining a safe environment on the METRA system, there are times when humans make mistakes. Rail safety is critical to the proper functioning of the Metra system, and employees may be liable when there are issues with the system.
It takes but a few seconds for an employee charged with the security on a METRA system to fail to notice the outbreak of a fight on the train or for employees to fail to notice that the train may be wobbling or running off of the tracks or even take notice of an oncoming train resulting in a crash.
Were you involved in a Chicago train accident on a public mass transit system? If so, get in touch with a METRA train accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Our investigative team can identify circumstances that led to your accident.
METRA Train Passengers Injured by Dangerous Conditions on Trains & Stations
Individuals involved in METRA accidents might require representation. When one thinks about the plaintiffs involved in a case surrounding a Metra accident, one may first think of the passengers who are injured.
While these individuals surely deserve to receive compensation for being harmed in this accident, others might deserve compensation.
These individuals may include individuals who were boarding or getting off of the train, those waiting for the train at the station, mass transit employees harmed while working, and those who are walking or driving across the railroad.
The METRA attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to represent victims from all backgrounds. It is in one’s best interest to speak with a lawyer soon after the accident occurs.
There can be many causes of METRA accidents involving injury to passengers, employees, and drivers/pedestrians at railroad crossings. An engineer might not be adhering to policy and procedure when operating the crossing signs and signals for a commuter train.
An employee might be distracted while operating the mass transit train and not notice the speed. These complex accident cases may involve a convergence of factors and require a lawyer investigating these types of cases before.
It is vital to work with a lawyer who will figure out the cause behind your METRA accident case even when everyone seems to be avoiding liability.
Assessing Accident Damages Involving METRA Commuter Trains
Did you have suffered injuries in a METRA commuter train accident? If so, it is best to seek out immediate medical attention, followed by a discussion with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney might prove that negligence was responsible for a commuter train accident.
An accurate diagnosis can help prove your case and show the claims adjuster, insurance company, or jury the extent of your injuries and damages.
Many common severe to catastrophic injuries involved in car accidents and train derailments include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and contusions
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Fractured bones
- Severed limbs
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
The damages you ultimately request in your mass transit injury case might entail pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of consortium, or lost wages. Some people who suffer from concussions or other severe injuries might not be able to return to work after a Metra collision.
Our law firm will ensure that all defendants are held responsible for causing your injuries, including the mass transit system, the train operator, and government agencies responsible for supervising and managing the system.
METRA Train Accident FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions related to METRA accidents. Should you have additional questions, we invite you to contact our Chicago, Illinois personal injury and wrongful death law firm for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Is Metra Publicly Funded?
The Metra mass transit system receives public subsidies and collects fair revenues to operate within its budget. Additionally, the system receives a regional transportation sales tax that helps subsidize transportation.
Is Metra Accessible to People With Disabilities?
The Metra mass transit system is fully accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Nearly all stations have partial or full ADA accessibility.
Individuals requiring assistance need to call ahead to specific stations to receive information on the station’s level of wheelchair and disability accessibility.
How Fast do Metra Trains go?
The METRA mass transit system regulates the highest allowable speed and can operate at 79 mph. Alternatively, the urban subway system has a maximum speed of 55 mph.
Is the Metra Transit System Safe?
Riding on the METRA transit system is safe when commuters take special safety precautions , including remaining attentive to there surroundings. Accidents happen nearly every day on the METRA and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) systems.
Many of these accidents involve collisions at crossings with lights, bells, and active gate warning devices.
What are the Chances of a Train Crashing?
According to the NHTSA, commuters have a one and 431,800 chance of being killed in a railroad accident. Most collisions with subways and rail systems happen at railway crossings.
Most injuries and fatalities occur to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists hit by the rail train while on or near the track. Only a few Chicago commuters are injured every year while riding on the METRA and CTA.
Is Metra Part of Amtrak?
The METRA Railway system is not a part of Amtrak, but a Chicago metropolitan area commuter rail system that transports commuters throughout the metropolitan area and its surrounding suburbs. The rail system travels on eleven rail lines, stopping at over 240 stations.
Contact a Chicago, IL METRA Accident Lawyer for Injuries Sustained on a Train or at a Train Station
Get the legal help you need by calling one of our Metra accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our lawyers are here to aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that you get every dollar that the law entitles you to receive.
We understand what it takes to win compensation for those who have suffered injuries in Metra accidents. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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