Leading Chicago Train Accident Attorneys Question Design of Crossing at Site of Chicago Metra Car Train Accident

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Power, Rogers, and Smith, Chicago, Illinois car train accident specialists, recently appointed co-lead counsel on the steering committee for those injured in the Sept. 2005 Metra train derailment call for action in light of the Elmwood Park train accident.

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.

Chicago, Il, November 26, 2005 -- 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."

About Power, Rogers, and Smith http://www.prslaw.com

For nearly twenty five years, Power Rogers, and Smith, and its founding partners, have been dedicated solely to the representation of the seriously injured and of family members who have lost loved ones due to wrongful death. Power, Rogers, and Smith has obtained over 200 personal injury and wrongful death settlements in excess of $1 million dollars for serious injury and wrongful death cases.

In addition to demanding personal injury case loads, Joseph A. Power, Jr., Larry R. Rogers and Todd A. Smith are active in the community and have been recognized by numerous organizations for their contributions, including Joe Power's 2003 Citizen of the Year Award by the City Club of Chicago.

Power Rogers, and Smith represents Chicago personal injury victims in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of automobile accidents, car train accidents, construction accidents, brain injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and many other forms of medical malpractice.

If you have suffered permanent injuries and significant economic damages within the last two years, or represent a family member who has been seriously impacted by someone's negligence, including wrongful death, please contact Chicago personal injury lawyers, specialists in Chicago, Illinois train accidents, Power Rogers, and Smith by phone at 312-236-9381 or contact Mr. Todd Smith directly at 312-827-6108.


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