Chicago, IL (May 10, 2024) – A train hit and injured an unidentified individual in Palatine on Friday afternoon, May 10, causing the Union Pacific Northwest Metra line to be suspended.

Metra reported that along the Smith Street right-of-way close to the Palatine station, Train No. 654 hit a person. According to early accounts, the victim was awake and alert when transported from the site to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The individual’s condition was not immediately known. No further details were released, however, and an investigation is ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their loved ones at this time.

Pedestrian Accidents in Chicago

Despite Chicago being one of the few truly walkable metropolises in our country, pedestrians continue to encounter danger on its thoroughfares. Based on preliminary data, local authorities estimate that the number of pedestrian fatalities in traffic collisions over the past year may have peaked at its highest level in half a century.

A total of nearly 200 pedestrians died in recent vehicle collisions, representing an increase of more than 20% compared to the previous year. Notably, 40% of fatal pedestrian collisions were caused by hit-and-runs. In comparison, 80% of severe and fatal pedestrian incidents took place in Chicago alone, near an intersection of 125 feet or less. However, these incidents can happen on city streets, on train routes, on rural roads, and beyond. Pedestrians are tragically vulnerable. Of course, victims must obtain immediate legal counsel from a Chicago pedestrian accident attorney if they or a family member has been injured in a collision.

The Romaker Law Firm’s staff is prepared to advocate for justice for you and your family after a pedestrian collision. Insurance companies will attempt to minimize the amount of money you are owed by capitalizing on your crash. Fortunately, you can schedule a free consultation with our Chicago-area auto accident attorneys at the Romaker Law Firm today. For over two decades, we have assisted Illinois state citizens and Chicago residents in obtaining the just compensation they require to cover their losses following a collision.

Contact our car accident lawyer in Chicago at 312-377-7000 to learn more about your options and how to move forward with your life after a major accident.

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