A CTA Brown Line accident left one woman dead in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, marking the second CTA fatality in less than a week.
CTA Brown Line Accident Halts Service
The fatal CTA Brown Line accident took place at around 8:46 a.m. on September 20, 2021. At that time, a 75-year-old woman was present at the CTA’s Brown Line station in the 4600 block of North Kedzie Avenue when a train hit her.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene of the CTA Brown Line accident shortly afterward. They transported the woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death accidental.
The CTA Brown Line accident temporarily halted northbound and southbound service between Kimball Avenue and Belmont Avenue. Officials did not immediately release the name of the woman who died or information about the cause of the incident. Police said they were conducting an investigation.
Second Recent CTA Train Death
At least one other person was killed by a CTA train within a week of the CTA Brown Line accident.
On September 14, at approximately 8:10 a.m., a train fatally struck a 25-year-old male at the CTA Red Line station in the 1400 block of West Morse Avenue.
The Challenge of CTA Injury Claims
With more than 500 million public transportation rides taken in the Chicago area each year, the majority of them on the CTA, the probability of injury to passengers and bystanders is significant. And when people get hurt in a CTA accident through no fault of their own, they might be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries.
Nevertheless, CTA injury claims can be especially challenging. A CTA accident may have many possible causes, including distracted operators, malfunctioning signals, overloaded vehicles, defective equipment, and mechanical failure. In some cases, a non-CTA entity could be at fault. For this reason, a victim must work to determine the cause of a CTA accident as soon as possible in order to identify and pursue all of those who may be responsible.
In addition to the difficulty of establishing liability, municipal entities like the CTA enjoy certain protections under the law, including a shorter Statute of Limitations – the time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit or otherwise resolve a claim. The Statute of Limitations for injury claims involving municipal entities is typically one year, as opposed to the two-year Statute for claims against non-municipal entities (with some exceptions). If claimants or their personal injury attorneys do not file suit before this one-year timeframe elapses, they risk never being fully and fairly compensated.
Fighting for CTA Accident Victims
Given the challenges that these types of claims may pose, CTA accident victims might consider doing what so many others have done before them and retain the services of the public transportation accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
With over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. No other plaintiff firm in the state commands more respect – or more fear – from its adversaries, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation necessary to get you and your family the justice you deserve.
If you have been hurt in a CTA accident, contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.