Since 1982, personal injury attorney Robert H. Hanaford has represented clients in
state and federal courts. Learn more about Robert H. Hanaford and his case results
Changing Railroad Safety And Breaking Records
Hanaford was co-lead counsel in a case that changed railroad safety throughout the world.
After years of litigation, the traffic and railroad signals at the intersection were proven
not to be coordinated and timed properly. After nearly 10 years of litigation against the
State of Illinois, Union Pacific Railroad, the bus company, and signal maintenance
companies, attorney Hanaford helped settle the case for 27.3 million dollars, a
record-breaking settlement at the time.
Experience In Complex
Criminal And Civil Cases
Robert Hanaford is an effective trial lawyer with a long record of success, having won tens
of millions of dollars for his clients. He has represented clients in some of the most
complex civil and criminal defense lawsuits involving death and serious injury resulting
from trucking, aviation, construction, workplace, and product accidents.
He has provided counsel on numerous high-profile cases, including construction, rail road,
trucking, and aviation accidents that have gained national attention. Robert has represented
clients in cases involving FAA, Trucking, Federal Rail Administration, and OSHA safety
Our attorney from the Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford understands that almost anyone can be
arrested for DUI and that DUI cases can be complex. To properly defend a DUI case requires
an in-depth knowledge of police DUI investigative procedures, the scientific principles of
alcohol and drug testing by breath and blood analysis, and laboratory chemical blood testing
procedures. Robert studies and understands these issues
Field Sobriety Tests And Breath/Blood Alcohol Tests
If you had a blood or breath test for drugs or alcohol, the defense of your case must
include a challenge to breath and blood test procedures. Robert is experienced in
laboratory blood testing procedures. He has attended training on blood testing,
including a six-day intensive course at the University of Texas – Arlington on
laboratory Blood Drug Analysis.
Robert is certified to instruct the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) Field
Sobriety Testing Procedure. This roadside field sobriety test is the nationally
recognized standard that police use in administering standardized roadside sobriety
stunts, namely, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk and Turn (WAT), and the
One Leg Stand (OLS).
We call these field sobriety “stunts” because they are designed for failure and are not
particularly indicative of impairment from alcohol or drugs. There are specific NHTSA
procedures that police must carefully follow in administering the tests. A lawyer must
be experienced in cross-examining police officers on these procedures.
Police Instructor that can bring unique knowledge to defend criminal and DUI charges
Experienced in transportation cases involving aviation, railroad, bus and trucking crashes. Robert was a lead attorney in the Fox River Grove train and school bus crash.
Robert has significant experience in aviation regulations and liability having worked for a jet charter company and being a pilot for over 20 years.
Commercial diver doing work on power plant intake valves at a depth of 60 feet
went into cardiac arrest. Investigation by Hanaford lawyers and dive medicine
experts determined there was insufficient air pressure at the power company dive
platform airdrop for the depth of dive. ComEd argued that the employer and
driver were at fault. The case settled for 2.5 million dollars.
Motorcyclist hit from behind and dragged by tractor-trailer truck on Interstate
35 by Madison, Wisconsin. Hanaford attorneys and experts determined that the
driver had intentionally violated federal hours of service requirements. Case
settled for 2 million dollar insurance policy limits.
Criminal and Fraud Victories
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