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Maritime And Railroad Injuries Archives

Thousands die in preventable railroad accidents annually

Thousands of trains pass through Illinois yearly and passersby rely on the rail industry to keep them safe from accidents. This means commuters, pedestrians and motorists alike all rely on the train operator to be properly licensed, the crossing gate to operate properly and warning sounds to function correctly. When this does not happen, a catastrophic crash could occur and cause the loss of many lives.

How safe are grade crossings?

When drivers approach railroad crossings, they react depending on the type of signals at the time. For example, if the red lights are flashing, signaling that a train is arriving soon, then drivers come to a stop a certain distance from the tracks. At some places, a gate is added to tracks. The gates lower before the train is scheduled to arrive and arise when it is safe for cars to pass through again. These indicators ensure railroad crossings are safe for both the trains and vehicles. Unfortunately, they are not present at all of the 128,000 public railroad crossings in the country-only about a third of them have gates and flashing lights.

Addressing the danger of railroad and shipping accidents

Many people in Illinois may be familiar with some of the basics of the typical personal injury case, but railroad and shipping accidents can present a whole other level of complexity. Car accidents are one thing, but an accident that occurred in a railroad or shipping situation can include different types of laws than the average personal injury case. They will also definitely different factual scenarios which, if the case goes all the way to trial, will likely be wholly unfamiliar to potential members of the jury.

Considering one's options after a railroad or shipping accident

Many people do not think about the impact that railroads and shipping over waterways still have in our daily lives. Advances in technology may make people think that these forms of transportation, particularly for products and goods, is outdated. However, the reality is far from that. Illinois residents can come into contact with railroads and maritime shipping more frequently than they think, particularly if they, or a loved one, is employed in these industries.

What is the 'Jones Act' in Illinois maritime injury cases?

The history of the United States is inextricably intertwined with the sea. From the earliest days, the country depended on ships and those who operate them, both for security and the economic advantage that comes from the ability to ship goods over large bodies of water. While many people may not think of Illinois as a maritime state, it is important to remember that the great lakes are, in fact, inland seas, and have been the center of waterborne commerce for two centuries.

Injured railroad worker keeps $21 million judgment

Workers often face the risk of serious maritime and railroad injuries and exorbitant medical expenses in Illinois. Recently, a state appeals court affirmed a $21 million judgment for a conductor for the Northern Southern Railway Company who suffered a crushed foot in a work-related accident.

Maritime and railroad injuries require different approaches

Those who choose a profession working on the water or railroads usually have a different approach to life and their daily duties. The fact that they also have different protections on the job is another way that they differ. The Jones Act is likely the most distinct difference in the protections that apply to a marine worker who suffers a work-related injury. Illinois residents who have suffered maritime and railroad injuries still have the right to file injury claims.

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