On November 17, 2023, Clifford Law Offices filed a second lawsuit against the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) in the crash of a commuter train that occurred on the Yellow Line the morning of Thursday, November 16.
Joseph T. Murphy, partner at Clifford Law Offices, filed the case on behalf of Matt Jones, 67, an architect from Skokie, who was taken by ambulance to a local hospital following the crash that injured 37 others, some critically.
Jones was sitting in the first seat of the first row in the first car when the crash occurred, and he told his lawyers that he was “bounced around like a pinball.” He suffered many injuries including head injuries that required stitches.
It was reported that National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on the scene and the tracks remain closed.
“This type of crash was completely preventable,” Murphy reiterated. “This is a catastrophic example of how the CTA failed to make commuter transportation safe for its innocent passengers. Were the backup safety stop measures in operation? Why was CTA equipment on the same tracks as a commuter train carrying passengers? These are all questions that our clients and the commuting public deserve, and these lawsuits will get to the bottom of it.”
Jones’ complaint was filed this morning in Cook County Circuit Court and alleges that the commuter train was operated negligently. The firm has filed numerous lawsuits in the past against the CTA for various injuries and deaths due to the CTA’s negligent conduct including one late yesterday on behalf of Cleon Hawkins who also was on yesterday’s CTA train and suffered injuries.
For further information or to speak to Joseph Murphy, contact Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).