Metra has agreed to pay $1.45 million to a woman injured when a speeding train derailed in 2005. The plaintiff was a passenger on a Rock Island line Metra train traveling from Joliet toward downtown Chicago on September 17, 2005, when it sped through a 10-mph track crossing at 69 mph and derailed. Two passengers were killed, and 117 were injured in the crash. The Plaintiff suffered a broken leg and will require knee replacement surgery as a result of the crash.

The families of two persons who were killed reached an $11 million settlement with Metra in November 2008. Another passenger who was severely injured in the crash received a $29.5 million jury verdict in February 2009 to compensate for her injuries and to pay for a lifetime of therapy and round-the-clock care.

The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the engineer who was subsequently fired for failing to heed signals and slow the train. The NTSB also faulted Metra for lacking an automatic system to override human error. Dan Kotin, a lawyer with Chicago-based Corboy & Demetrio, represented the Plaintiff in the recently settled case and he did a very good job.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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