Metra Train Accident En Route to Chicago Kills Pedestrian
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2011 – A Metra train killed a pedestrian shortly after leaving Naperville as it was en route to Chicago in late July. The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Train 1272 was only a quarter mile from the station when the incident occurred. Metra provides commuter rail service throughout Cook, Lake, Will, and other area counties.
“Pedestrian error is sometimes responsible for an accident,” said Chicago wrongful death lawyer Robert I. Briskman, Esq. “But if a rail employee, transit authority, or defective part caused the error, a person or their loved one can take action against the guilty party.”
According to Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety education organization, a person is struck by a train every three hours. Modern trains are quieter and take longer to stop in comparison to a car or big truck. Illinois is number two in the top 15 states for rail fatalities nationwide. Part of this is due to the widespread use of rail in the area, but it still does not diminish the fact that train crashes are a safety issue. Whether driving a vehicle, walking, or waiting for a train on a platform, it is a must to be alert around the tracks says Operation Lifesaver.
Texting, listening to music, and other distractions can lead to deadly consequences around the tracks, the group says. Because of a train’s weight and speed, an individual is 20 times more likely to die when hit by a train versus a vehicle.
Loved ones with a family member that died from a train accident need to contact a Chicago wrongful death attorney to promptly investigate the case. These types of cases are complex and need quick action to preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and have a thorough investigation. The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has successfully litigated a wide variety of accident cases. They are known for treating clients like family and offering solid legal counsel and support every step of the way until the case has been resolved. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.
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