Train, Aviation & Boating Accident Attorneys in Chicago
Serious injuries and wrongful death can occur anywhere and involve any mode of transportation. These accidents can include those occurring on planes, trains, and boats. These types of accidents are among the most dangerous and deadly not only because of the number of people at risk but because of their dynamics. Airplanes pose the threat of dying in a crash landing as do trains traveling at high speeds which can derail. Boats pose the prospect of drowning as well as hypothermia in icy waters. The risk of acute injury and death is extremely high when you are traveling at sea, in the air, or by train.
Train, aviation, and boating accidents are complex. They can involve large corporations and their well-funded insurers anxious to limit their liability and avoid reputational harm. These companies often have large legal staffs devoted to protecting them against claims of negligence. Fighting these companies requires proven legal skills, knowledge, and resources, such as you will find at Angelini, Ori + Abate. Our talented team is well-equipped to represent you when harmed through negligence by any individual or corporate enterprise.
Aviation accidents can involve both passengers and crew on commercial flights as well as those involving private planes and helicopters. Accidents are commonly due to equipment/mechanical failures, such as engine or other component part failures. These may be attributed to manufacturing defects or poor maintenance. They may also be caused by error on the part of pilots, air traffic controllers, or others involved in business of flying.
These are complex cases that require intensive investigation and research. Aviation specialists and other experts are commonly needed to determine that cause of the accident and millions of dollars may be at stake where multiple injuries or deaths have occurred.
Train accidents are also complicated matters that may involve many forms of negligence as well as large corporate entities putting huge resources into avoiding liability. Errors on the part of train engineers, train and equipment manufacturers, or the railroad company are frequent causes.
Negligence may be in the form of poor maintenance of the trains, tracks, or train platforms and stations, non-operating crossing signal warnings, poorly-lit trains, negligent security, and more. Whether you were a passenger or railroad worker, if you were injured in a train accident or lost a loved one because of such an accident, you should take action. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, and other financial relief based on your relationship with the railroad company.
Boat operators are expected to take reasonable precautions to avoid accidents and injuries for their passengers. While some accidents are caused by outside sources, such as severe weather, many are due to the negligence of individuals or equipment manufacturers.
Negligence-based boating accidents can involve:
- Operators failing to pay attention
- “Improper lookout,” which means failing to maintain awareness of the potential risks of danger from other boaters, jet skiers, radio communications or other hazard
- Poorly trained or inexperienced operators
- Equipment failure
- Violations of navigational rules
If any type of negligence caused your injuries in a boating accidents, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages.