Chicago Lawyers Representing the Victims of Train Accidents throughout Illinois
Chicago’s rail system is expansive and active. A number of different trains move through and around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, including CTA trains, Metra trains, and Amtrak. According to the CTA, its trains make about 2,145 trips each day and serve 143 stations. For commuters in the surrounding suburbs, Metra transports approximately 301,200 riders each weekday and approximately 121,800 riders on weekend days.
Railroad accidents often result in devastating injuries and even deaths, due to the sheer size of the trains and the speeds at which they travel. The Chicago train accident lawyers at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on representing the victims of catastrophic personal injury accidents, such as railroad accidents. We put our considerable experience, skill, and knowledge to work to get clients the compensation that they deserve.
If you have been injured in a train accident, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago railroad accident attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents
Train accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Train derailments
- Defective equipment
- Collisions with other trains
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Collisions with cars or trucks
- Collisions with pedestrians
- Inexperienced train operators and employees
Damages Available in Railroad Accident Lawsuits
Railroad accidents often involve catastrophic injuries and death. While the amount of compensation that a person receives depends on the extent of the injuries and the cause of the accident, victims of personal injury accidents may be entitled to compensatory damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
If you lost a loved one in a train accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the following in a wrongful death action:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Loss of future inheritance
- Loss of parental guidance (if decedent has minor children)
- Loss of spousal companionship, protection and care
- Grief, sorrow and mental suffering of surviving spouse and next of kin
- Pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death
- Punitive damages (if defendant’s actions were intentional)
In addition, courts will sometimes award punitive damages to punish the negligent party for his or her wrongdoing, and deter future grossly negligent or intentional wrongdoing.
As experienced Illinois personal injury lawyers, we understand the complexities and nuances involved with railroad accident cases. Our Chicago train accident attorneys are skilled negotiators who will seek to obtain a favorable settlement, but if one is not possible, our skilled trial attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights in a court of law to get you the compensation you deserve.
The Legal Experience and Dedication You Need
The Chicago public transit accident attorneys at Cogan & Power focus on complex personal injury lawsuits, including train accidents, aviation accidents, and bus accidents. As such, we are able to handle the complex legal and factual issues involved with railroad accident lawsuits. Our comprehensive legal representation, extensive litigation experience, and considerable accident and injury knowledge has resulted in numerous substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago train accident attorneys. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.