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Train Derails Outside of Chicago’s Union Station

Train DerailmentAn Amtrak train derailed in Chicago on the morning of March 27, 2017.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., three cars of a 197-passenger Lake Shore Limited train derailed as it was pulling into Union Station, according to an Amtrak spokesman. The immediate cause was unknown.

The passengers in the three cars that derailed were moved to the front of the train, which was brought into the station at around noon. No injuries were reported.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an estimated 5,800 collisions between trains and motor vehicles each year, resulting in an average of 2,300 injuries and 600 deaths.

Personal injury cases involving train accidents are very difficult to pursue, however. There are many potential causes of train accidents, including faulty signals, distracted, negligent, or inexperienced engineers, improperly maintained tracks, mechanical failure, or overloaded trains. A personal injury lawyer with the necessary resources and experience in train accidents can promptly initiate a detailed investigation to figure out exactly what happened. Only by determining the cause(s) of the accident can the responsible party or parties be properly identified. Depending upon the nature of the train accident, you may be able to pursue a claim against the rail line owner, the company operating the train, the company maintaining the tracks, or some combination of these. Identifying all the potentially at-fault parties in a timely fashion is important because people who fail to bring their cases within the time specified by law usually find themselves forever barred from obtaining justice and compensation for their injuries.