Did you know that it takes the average freight train traveling at 55 MPH more than a mile to fully stop? With this in mind, it is important to remember that trains have the right of way 100% of the time. In the case of a sudden stop, both bystanders and passengers become at-risk for injury. If you have been injured in a train accident at no fault of your own, The Law Office of Daniel Goodman, LLC has knowledgeable personal injury attorneys serving Glenview that are ready to be of service and fight for the compensation that you deserve.
In case of an emergency, train passengers are especially vulnerable on trains without seatbelts or another form of protection. Passengers can also find themselves in danger while entering and exiting these trains. Any faulty engineering as it relates to a train’s build or safety features can put a passenger in harm’s way.
Unprotected railroad crossings are a threat to both pedestrians and automobile drivers hoping to pass. A little-known fact is that all train tracks are private property, so walking on the tracks is illegal in addition to being extremely dangerous. In 2017, 775 people died by suicide or from trespassing on train tracks in the United States. Luckily, Chicago’s Metra train company has begun practicing numerous prevention tactics, such as installing fences at hazardous locations, training their employees in suicide prevention, and using drones to oversee isolated tracks. Keep in mind that a railroad company can be negligent if any of the safety systems at crossing points fail to work, or if an engineer overseeing safety features is negligent in the scope of their duties.
Railroad Worker Injury
Railroad workers are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which was passed by Congress in 1908 specifically to safeguard this worker group. Working on train tracks is an especially dangerous job that requires attention at all times. Under FELA, companies must provide a safe work environment as well as proper training and supervision for workers
Let the personal injury attorneys serving Glenview at The Law Office of Daniel Goodman, LLC thoroughly investigate your train crash accident and aid you in recovering what you are entitled to. Working, riding, and being close to active trains unfortunately presents many chances for personal injury, so safety and responsibility are of the utmost importance.