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DuPage County Mass Transit Accident Attorneys

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Public Transportation Accident Lawyers Serving Melrose Park, Berwyn, and Rosemont

Although public transportation reduces a community’s motor vehicle accident rate by more than 90 percent (according to a study conducted by the American Public Transportation Association), using mass transportation is not always completely safe. Accidents involving trains, buses, and other forms of mass transit are common, and due to the large size of these vehicles, they can be particularly dangerous.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our dedicated attorneys will strive to recover costs associated with injuries and property damages that were caused by mass transit accidents. With over 25 years of legal experience handling personal injury cases, we will work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Mass Transit Accidents in Illinois

While motor vehicle accidents are often given more attention, mass transit crashes are just as significant. Public transportation accidents are common, and it is important to be aware of how often they occur in Illinois in order to practice proper safety precautions when using public transportation. Notable statistics about Illinois mass transit accidents include:

  • There were 86 collisions between trains and vehicles in 2014, and in 2015, the number of these accidents rose to 120.
  • In 2015, an investigation by ABC News showed that a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus is involved in an accident every 36 hours.

Injuries from Public Transportation Accidents

Injuries from mass transit accidents can be severe and even fatal. The injuries sustained from mass transit accidents can include:

  • Injuries to the head and neck
  • Injuries to the limbs
  • Injuries to the spine
  • Fractures

These injuries can lead to extensive medical treatment, an extended hospital stay, and lost work. If you were injured in a bus or train accident, contact one of our compassionate and committed attorneys today. We can help you recover the costs associated with your injuries.

Causes of Mass Transit Accidents

Some of the most common causes of public transportation accidents are:

  • Speeding by a train conductor or bus driver.
  • Sleep deprivation or intoxication of an operator of a train or bus.
  • Mechanical and electrical problems, such as brake and wheel malfunctions.
  • Environmental factors, such as poor weather conditions and slippery tracks.

When injuries result from someone else's negligence, the person or organization who caused the accident should be held liable for the damages. Our skilled attorneys can help you demonstrate liability and receive the compensation you deserve.

How Public Transportation Crashes are Investigated

Mass transit accidents are investigated by the relevant regulatory body. For example, if a serious train accident occurs, the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) investigates the cause of the accident. The investigation would include examining potential mechanical and electrical failures, human factors such as the train conductor’s physical and mental state, and a lack or breakdown of railroad communications.

Contact a DuPage County Personal Injury Attorney

Depending on the cause of an accident, a victim of a public transportation crash may file a lawsuit against the company or service operating the method of transportation. If you have been involved in a mass transit accident, contact our Oak Brook personal injury attorneys at 630-574-2288 to discuss your legal options. We serve clients in Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Melrose Park, Westchester, Berwyn, Rosemont, Burr Ridge, and throughout DuPage and Will Counties.

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