Cavanagh Law Group in Chicago has a national reputation for representing the victims of collisions with trains. Our team of lawyers and experts is responsible for some of the nation's most significant settlements and verdicts in train accident cases, including the largest train crossing accident verdict in Illinois: $55 million for an elderly couple and their daughter who were struck at a crossing where the crossing gates and lights were not working.
When an accident occurs, our attorneys represent the injured victims, which may include other drivers, pedestrians, passengers on the train, family members of people who died, and railroad workers who are injured due to their employer's negligence. Contact our Chicago train collision attorneys today for a free case evaluation and consultation.
Investigating the Causes of Train Collisions
Train collisions can occur for a number of reasons:
- Dispatcher errors;
- Malfunctioning crossing gates and lights;
- Trains parked too close to crossings, blocking the view of oncoming trains;
- Vegetation that blocks the view of trains at crossings that do not have gates; and
- Operator error — such as failing to sound horns.
When a collision occurs, it's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that evidence of liability can be collected and preserved. It's not unusual for train companies to have crews trim vegetation and correct crossing defects in the first few days after an accident. Unless evidence of the negligent conditions is preserved through photographs and witness statements, that evidence can be lost.
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Contact Our Illinois Railroad Collision Attorneys Today
If you are contacted by a representative of the train company or its insurance company, you should not say anything or sign any document without legal advice. Even innocent statements can be used to shift responsibility for the accident from the railroad company to you. To protect your rights, contact Cavanagh Law Group today at 312-425-1900, or by e-mail.
Free Consultation — You Will Not Be Charged a Fee Unless You Receive Compensation.