Chicago bicyclist killed after being hit by CTA train at crossing

On behalf of Mike Clancy

Even if you’ve lived in Chicago for years, the streets can still be surprising and dangerous at times. City drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are often compelled to contend with Chicago Transit Authority buses and other vehicles and countless train crossings.

Unfortunately, safety at these intersections can never be taken for granted. That lesson was repeated last week when a bicyclist was killed by a CTA Brown Line train at a ground-level crossing. The 31-year-old victim was no stranger to getting around in Chicago, having lived and worked in the area for the past 11 years.

According to news sources, the man stopped behind the lowered crossing gate and waited for a southbound train to pass. He even checked to see if another train had been following the first. Sadly, he apparently failed to keep a lookout in the other direction. Witnesses said he rode around the still-lowered gate and was struck by a northbound train.

Public transit accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in and around Chicago. Sometimes they are caused by the errors of pedestrians or other drivers. But there are also times in which CTA operators act negligently or recklessly, putting passengers and other commuters at risk.

In a chaotic city like Chicago, a motor vehicle or public transit accident can have a number of causes and contributing factors. That’s why accident victims may wish to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help sort out the details and inform individuals of their rights and options.

Source: The Dunn County News, “Menomonie native dies in Chicago-area bicycle crash,” Barbara Lyon, June 26, 2014

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Chicago bicyclist killed after being hit by CTA train at crossing