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Illinois Railroad Accident Lawyer

Injured in a Railroad Accident?

Railroad accidents don’t happen often, but when they do, the consequences are usually catastrophic. Drivers of cars involved in an accident with a freight train suffer fatalities or permanent and disabling injuries. Injury victims usually will need care for the rest of their lives and will probably be unable to work. Finding the resources to pay for that care is often a challenge.

Our Clients and Cases

At the Champaign-Urbana law firm of Frederick & Hagle, our attorneys have been helping thousands of clients obtain compensation for injuries since our founding in 1975; our track record includes significant verdicts and settlements in railroad accident cases. One was a $15.1 million jury verdict in a railroad collision that occurred in Vermillion County; another was a $2.6 million settlement, also in Vermillion County. We have also won awards in Iroquois County and other venues in east-central Illinois. In addition to those who experienced permanent and disabling injuries, we have represented the families of individuals killed in serious accidents such as train collisions.

Examples of Railroad Accidents

There are many unguarded railroad crossings in Illinois. There are often no swing arms or flashing lights, and the state has a consistently high rate of railroad accidents each year. These include cars stalled on the tracks, drivers who don’t see or hear an oncoming train because of shrubs and vegetation that obscured the view, poor track maintenance, and fatigued railroad employees.

We Fight for Victims of Train Accidents

Because railroad accidents involve unique legal and operational issues, it is important to work with an attorney who understands the state and federal laws that apply to train accidents. It is also important to have a lawyer who is willing to take on railroad corporations and their lawyers. Railroad companies fight train accident claims and lawsuits aggressively, almost always claiming that the accident was caused by the driver rather than railroad negligence. Our attorneys know the regulations and will be your strong advocates in litigation.

Contact an Attorney

To learn whether you have a case after a train accident, contact Frederick & Hagle to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us toll free at 1-800-642-1227 for an appointment. We will visit you at home or in the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to our Urbana office.


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