Chicago Railroad Accident Overview

Representing Those Injured in Railroad Accidents

The Chicago attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in railroad accidents for decades.

Chicago railroad accident lawyers explain

Approximately 850 individuals die each year as a result of train accidents, despite the fact that train travel is one of the safest modes of transportation. Both passenger trains and freight trains share hundreds of thousands of miles of tracks traversing the United States, which unfortunately increases the likelihood of train-to-train collisions.

Types of train accidents

Train accidents include derailment, railroad crossing collisions, collisions with other trains and—in rare cases—on-board explosions. All train accidents have the potential for massive and deadly consequences, and most result in fatal or life-threatening injuries.

How train accidents occur

Human error is the leading cause of train accidents—due to the negligence of the train operator, conductor or signal master. Negligence in train operation can include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Texting or talking on cell phones while on the job
  • Working under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Leaving the command post for an excessive period of time

Immediate and long-term medical costs to those injured in a railroad accident, as well as the costs of property damage, can seem insurmountable. If you are the victim of a train accident, you need to speak with Chicago railroad accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you receive appropriate compensation in order to move on and rebuild your life.

Train Accident Statistics

  • There are around 13,000 train-related accidents each year in the United States, resulting in more than 850 deaths and 8,500 non-fatal injuries.
  • A train accident involving pedestrians or other vehicles occurs on average every two hours in the United States, with nearly half of all train accident-related deaths occurring at railroad crossings.
  • Human error accounts for about 40 percent of all train accidents.
  • Track defects cause nearly 35 percent of train accidents.
  • Equipment defects are responsible for approximately 10 percent of train accidents.
  • Signal failures cause less than 2 percent of all train accidents.

Serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for more than 65 years

For experienced, aggressive legal advocates, contact a Chicago railroad accident attorney at the Phillips Law Offices for a free consultation. Call us today at (312) 470-6765 or contact us online. We serve the injured and their families throughout Illinois.