In a single year, more than 82 million people used Metra commuter trains,1 to travel in and out of the Chicagoland area. Because Metra provides such a major source of transportation for hundreds of thousands of people every day, safety is a primary concern. Any type of motor vehicle has the potential to crash for a variety of reasons and the following are some examples of how accidents and injuries can occur during your Metra trip.
- Train malfunction – Trains have many moving parts that can malfunction and cause an operator to lose control. Liability can arise if Metra failed to adequately inspect, maintain, or repair a train that crashed.
- Employee error – Train operators can be negligent like anyone else. Distracted driving, fatigued driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs2 can all lead an operator to make mistakes that cause a crash. In addition, other employees who are supposed to be watching for possible derailments or similar events may not be paying attention and may miss signs that a crash may occur.