Chicagoland authorities have recently reported three separate accidents
between trains and pedestrians, each one causing a pedestrian fatality.
The number of similar incidents in short a short time span may indicate
a need for better safety regulations around trains, smarter road and sidewalk
design near tracks, or even higher safety standards and protocols on behalf
of train companies.
train accident occurred on Saturday, October 29th, south of Chicago in the West Chatham neighborhood. Authorities found
the body of a man in the afternoon and pronounced him dead at the scene.
It is believed that there was no foul play in his death.
The second incident was on Saturday, November 5th in Palatine, northwest of Chicago. It is known that a pedestrian lost
their life after being struck by a Metra Union Pacific-Northwest train
around 2:30 PM. Investigators suspect suicide may be a contributing factor,
but the investigation is not completely conclusive. The police did not
provide the public with many additional details.
On Thursday, November 17th, another Metra train collided with a pedestrian in Mount Prospect, a neighborhood
in between Palatine and Chicago. A man in his 30s – identity undisclosed
out of respect for his family’s wish for privacy – was struck
by a passing train in the morning. The investigation closed the tracks
for some time, causing delays. It is unknown what caused the fatal collision.
Compensation for Surviving Families
Although all three incidents seem to be completely unrelated, it does raise
a few eyebrows about train safety in Chicago and the surrounding area.
Can more be done to make pedestrians aware of passing trains? Are traffic
patterns putting pedestrians in danger when using sidewalks adjacent to
railways? Significant research would be necessary to fully understand
the underlying problem.
In the meantime, people injured in train accidents, either as passengers,
drivers, or pedestrians, may have the option to seek compensation from
the train company. If an investigation reveals negligence or slackened
safety standards on behalf of the transportation company, it could warrant
a settlement or lawsuit. If you have been hurt in a train accident,
contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC to talk
about starting a case during a