Transportation Accidents

Even a few selected statistics on human and economic loss from accidents involving automobiles, commercial trucks, rail carriers and air transport carriers are staggering:

  • More than 36,000 people were killed and 3.9 million people injured in the most recent year’s traffic accidents, creating an economic loss in excess of $275 billion.
  • Almost 48.000 pedestrians were killed during the most recent decade, equivalent to a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.
  • 265 fatalities occur in nearly 2,000 train-motor vehicle collisions at railroad crossings annually.
  • One in nine of the bridges and overpasses American drivers cross each day is rated in poor enough condition to become dangerous.

Federal regulations strictly limit the hours a railroad engineer, truck driver, charter bus operator or airline pilot can work and require specific numbers of hours between shifts. But the federal rules don’t apply to public transit workers, and investigative reports show that in some instances fatigued operators sometimes work up to 20 hours without breaks, resulting in the kind of fatigue that causes accidents.

But numbers alone don’t convey the devastating consequences of a transportation accident or injury to families of the victims, and the lawyers of Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny have secured substantial damages for them. We know how to determine if negligence, human error, weather or related conditions or an equipment defect was the cause of an accident, and skillfully convey the facts to a jury. The damage awards we seek and secure provide compensation for catastrophic loss involving automobile accident liability, aviation liability, railroad liability or trucking negligence.

 

 

 

Successes

$25 Million Settlement in Highly Publicized Airline Crash

The crash of United Airlines Flight 232 was one of the most highly publicized in commercial aviation history. The scheduled flight from Denver to Chicago…

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$8 Million for Airplane Crash Liability

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$5.8 Million Settlement for Accident Injuries, Loss of Consortium

The driver of the defendant company’s truck was distracted, lost control, swerved into oncoming traffic, and struck our client’s ComEd van head-on. Our client sustained…

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$5.5 Million Settlement for Accident Technology Could Prevent

We represented a client who was walking home and trying to cross the street when he was struck by a truck. Its driver could not…

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$5.2 Million Settlement in Fatal Railroad Yard Accident

We represented the family of a 58-year-old crane operator who was killed in an accident when the top part of a crane collapsed on his…

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$5.25 Million Settlement for Traumatic Injury in Motor Vehicle Accident

In the early morning, our client was proceeding through a Chicago intersection on the green light when his vehicle was broadsided by a car driven…

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$4.7 Million for Airplane Crash Liability

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$4.8 Million for Airplane Crash Liability

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$4.4 Million for Airplane Crash Liability

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$4.25 Million Train Accident Injury Settlement

A look-out man for the railroad lost his leg after his train crashed into the rear of an unlighted train that was stopped on the…

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