CHICAGO, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Power, Rogers, and Smith (http://www.prslaw.com), respected Chicago Train Accident Attorneys spoke out about the design of the railway crossing, site of the Thanksgiving eve car train accident that injured 16 people. There were over fifteen cars involved in the Metra car train accident.
"It is too easy for cars to get trapped in the crossing," said Todd A. Smith, Partner in the Chicago law firm of Power, Rogers, and Smith. "I have been to the site, and there is an unusually long area behind the stop line, and it is easy for cars to get stopped inside the crossing gates," Smith said.
Mr. Smith also noted that Mark Rosenker acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was quoted in the Chicago Tribune (Nov. 25) as saying that the crossing design was unique and that since 1976, there have been 26 wrecks at the crossing, including two fatalities in 1983 and 1997.
"Clearly this is a very unusual circumstance for motorists to find themselves in," he said.
"We are advocates for the injured and we specialize in incidents like this car train accident. For example, we were recently appointed to the steering committee and we are the co-lead counsel for those injured in the 2005 Metra train accident," said Joseph A. Power Jr., founding partner of Power, Rogers, and Smith.
"For decades citizen groups have sought to eliminate grade crossings," explained Smith. "Because of the frequent conflict between cars and trains the risk is too great. Our governmental agencies have to take action to address these dangerous situations."