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Train & Aviation Accidents

If you have been involved in a train accident or an airplane accident, whether a commercial airliner crashed, or a private plane, or even a helicopter, you need competent representation for your case.

An accident involving trains or airplanes is less likely to occur than an accident between two passenger vehicles on the road, but when it does, it can be far more injurious or deadly. The attorneys at Schafer and Schafer LLP are here to fight for your rights to ensure that you do not get taken advantage of in a low settlement from an insurance company. The law allows for many levels of compensation in this type of accident, and you should recover what you deserve. Contact Schafer and Schafer LLP today for a free consultation regarding your case.

Train Accidents

Trains may not be the most common form of travel these days, but trains are integral in moving freight across the country. When something goes wrong to cause a collision between a passenger vehicle and a train, the vehicle is going to lose. Recently in Indiana and Illinois, there have been upgrades to safety systems at many train crossing locations. Precautions such as bells, lights, and arms are there to warn drivers that a train is coming, and do not cross. A malfunction of the system can have disastrous results. Although accidents between trains and vehicles have declined over the last several decades, they still happen, and when they do, that can be very dangerous, even deadly. If you have been injured in a train accident, or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a person or entity involved in the railroads, you may have a case against that person or entity. Schafer and Schafer LLP has experience in the area of railroad accidents, and can help determine cause and fault in the accident and help you to recover funds to pay for your injuries, lost wages, and other expenses that arise due to the accident. Call today for a free consultation regarding your case.

Plane/Helicopter Accidents

Although commercial air travel is the safest method of travel, there are times when accidents do occur, causing injury or even death. If you have been injured or a loved one killed by an accident involving a commercial airplane, a private plane, or helicopter, in Indiana or Illinois, the attorneys at Schafer and Schafer LLP can aggressively fight to get you monetary compensation for your injuries. There are three types of aviation accidents when it comes to personal injury law: plane crashes involving commercial airlines, international air disaster fatalities, and non-commercial accidents (personal airplane crashes).

The most heavily regulated aviation accident is the commercial airliner crash. When a commercial airline crashes, usually large numbers of people are injured or killed, and laws regulating the airline's action include the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996, which requires the airline to assist families in traveling to any crash site.

Accidents involving international airlines may or may not be governed by state or federal law in the United States. In this instance, there could be many different countries or governments that regulate how to handle a disaster, and in the United States, there is a limit of liability of a commercial airline for crashes on international flights, if the crash was unintentional. If there was a deliberate act causing the crash, there is no limit of liability.

Unfortunately, the most common type of airplane crash is the private plane, a non-commercial airplane. Private planes are governed by both state and federal regulations, although lawsuits regarding wrongful death or negligence are usually filed by surviving family members in state courts, rather than federal.

The attorneys at Schafer and Schafer LLP have the knowledge and ability to weed through the evidence and find out who is at fault for the plane crash, whether commercial or private, or helicopter crash, and can help you recover funds for incurring medical costs, lost wages, or other expenses.

Your Legal Rights

If you have been injured or a loved one killed by the negligence of the railroad or airline, or even a private plane pilot, you may have a case for personal injury or wrongful death. Schafer and Schafer LLP will fight for your rights to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. In these types of cases, funds may be recovered for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in some cases, funeral costs, as well as grief and sorrow. Contact the family owned law firm of Schafer and Schafer LLP today for a free consultation regarding your situation.

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Schafer and Schafer LLP's past results are not an express or implied prediction of future success, and should not be construed as such. Past results cannot guarantee future performance. Any result in a single case is not meant to create an expectation of similar results in future matters because each case involves many different factors, therefore, results will differ on a case-by-case basis. (Ind. Prof. Cond. R. 7.1).

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