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Lawsuit Filed in Illinois Stemming from Quebec Train Accident

Written by Ankin Law Office

The first U.S. lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly train crash in Quebec was filed in Illinois last month. The train derailment took place on July 6 and sent 72 tankers of crude oil crashing into the village of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, where they exploded and killed nearly 50 people.

Reuters has reported that the guardian of Fanny Roy Veilleux, whose father Jean-Guy Veilleux was killed in the train crash, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County against railroad operator Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Inc. (MMA), its parent company Rail World Inc., MMA Chairman Edward Burkhardt, and fuel services company World Fuel Services Corp. The lawsuit also names as defendants Western Petroleum Company, Petroleum Transport Solutions, Dakota Plains Transloading LLC, Dakota Petroleum Transport Solutions, Dakota Plaints Marketing and DPTS Marketing.

The lawsuit alleges that the railroad operator defendants failed to keep the train’s oil tankers in compliance with reasonable government safety standards and, as such, negligently caused the death of Veilleux.

About a week after the train crash, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Lac-Megantic residents in Quebec Superior Court, seeking compensation from the accident to seek compensation from MMA, Edward Burkhardt, and others.

Train accidents and other mass transit accidents are often catastrophic events that result in many serious injuries and even deaths.  Train accidents can occur for a number of reasons including train derailments like happened in the Quebec crash, defective equipment, collisions with other trains, railroad crossing accidents, collisions with cars or trucks, collisions with pedestrians, and inexperienced train operators and employees.

Train crashes and other mass transit accidents often involve complex issues regarding liability, and there may be multiple possible defendants. Moreover, because mass transit accidents frequently involve a large number of victims, a class action lawsuit may be appropriate to settle issues of liability and damages. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney who focuses on complex accident and injury cases, as well as class action lawsuits.

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our experienced Chicago mass transit lawyers focus on representing the victims if train accidents, bus accidents, and other mass transit accidents. We are well-versed in the legal complexities and requirements of class action lawsuits, as well as the complicated factual and legal issues that come into play in a train accident lawsuit. We are dedicated to helping the victims of mass transit accidents obtain full and fair financial recovery.

If you have been injured in a train, bus, or other mass transit accident, do not hesitate to contact Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago train accident lawyers.

Categories: Personal Injury