by Jeffrey J. Kroll

Metra is a commuter rail system in the Chicago metropolitan area serving, not only Chicago, but many of its surrounding suburbs. This system operates over 240 stations on 11 different rail lines. Typically, with the exception of COVID, over 80 million passengers will ride Metra a year. It is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States and the largest and busiest commuter rail system outside the New York Metropolitan area.

Unfortunately, Metra train accidents do happen, and when they do, the results can be catastrophic and even fatal.

Metra is operated by a subsidiary called the Northeast Illinois Region Commuter Railroad Corporation. Thus, there are various governmental or quasi-governmental entities which can potentially be liable for the train operator’s negligence. This, in turn, could impact the amount of damages an injured passenger can potentially recover.

There are a number of reasons why a Metra train collision or accident occurs. For example, some common causes for Metra train accidents include:

  • Inadequate train or rail maintenance
  • Speeding
  • Defective equipment
  • Train derailments
  • Lack of inspections
  • Reckless train operators/engineers
  • Debris/spills or other garbage on train platforms
  • Unprotected railroad crossings.

The Metra train accident attorneys at Kaveny + Kroll are dedicated to improving public safety by holding Metra responsible for any harm they may have caused. If you or a loved one are involved in a Metra train accident, enlisting the aid of an experienced Metra train accident attorney can help answer your questions and expedite the process. Contact the Metra train accident attorneys at Kaveny + Kroll.