March 25, 2014

32 People Injured As a Result of Blue Line Trains Derailment at O’Hare Station

by Levin & Perconti

The City of Chicago’s far-reaching borders incorporate some 237 square miles of land, and yet, for most of the city’s nearly 2.7 million residents, the majority of their desired destinations are just a few minutes, and a few dollars, away. No matter where one’s destination may be, the ubiquity of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) public transportation options aim to ensure that all people are able to get where they need to go safely. The sheer size and scope of the network serviced by the CTA’s 1,800 buses and 1,200 ‘L’ train cars is enough to gain it recognition as the 2nd largest public transit system in the nation, however, due to the organization’s very nature as a facilitator of mass transportation (carrying approximately 1.6 million Chicago residents around the city every weekday), the CTA also assumes enormous responsibility in cases where passenger or bystander safety is compromised; yesterday, a serious accident involving a CTA ‘L’ train created just such an event.

Early Monday morning, an ‘L’ train traveling along the CTA Blue Line failed to come to a stop at its final station, the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, resulting in a violent collision with a safety bumper situated at the end of the track. The momentum of the train carried it forward, jumping the bumper and derailing its cars causing them to careen up a nearby escalator and set of stairs. Although initial reports claim that 32 people suffered serious (but non-life threatening) injuries as a result of the crash, in a miraculous turn of events, the incident did not lead to a single fatality. (City of Chicago; Chicago Transit Authority)

Currently, several officials believe that the operator of the train may have fallen asleep at the helm; however, said conductor required hospitalization for her injuries, and as a result, she has not yet been reached to provide a comment on the issue. Reports provided by the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, a local union group representing the operator, seem to support the likelihood of the driver falling asleep at the wheel, pointing out the fact that the individual driving the train had worked more than twenty hours of overtime during the week leading up to the incident. Authorities say they will remain on the scene this week reviewing station videos of the incident and analyzing reports showing communication signals, as well as information regarding the train’s condition at the time of the crash. In addition to local authorities, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will also be traveling to the scene of the accident in an effort to determine the circumstances that may have led to the train jumping the stations protective bumpers, which they had previously believed were capable of preventing such an incident. At present, neither officials, nor the CTA have provided a timetable for the reopening of the Blue Line O’Hare station. (Thomson Reuters)

If you have sustained serious injuries due to the negligence of a company, designer, manufacturer, or employee, you may be entitled to compensation for your hardships. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience dealing with Chicago personal injury lawsuits, recovering more than $520 million in successful settlements for our clients and their families since 1992. Our firm is committed to holding careless and reckless parties accountable for their actions, and also to ensuring that the victims of these accidents receive the indemnities rightfully owed to them. These settlements prove invaluable in easing the financial burdens of injury victims, allowing them to pay accumulated medical bills, make up for lost wages, and cover future healthcare costs. This allows our clients to reach a point of much-needed emotional and fiscal relief, providing them with the opportunity to shift their focus to what matters the most, their own recovery.

July 28, 2012

Two CTA Bus Accidents In Chicago, One Cause

by Levin & Perconti

Sixteen were injured, with some left in serious or critical condition, when a car collided with a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus in Chicago’s South Side. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the car failed to stop at the stop sign at an intersection before driving into the bus. This accident, however, bares a striking similarity to another recent CTA bus accident.

As reported by The Chicago Tribune, a CTA bus failed to yield at a stop sign, leading him to collide with a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was subsequently pronounced dead seven hours after the accident. The accident took place on Michigan Avenue, where the bus driver was cited for failing to yield to a stop sign.

In other recent blog posts, our Chicago car accident attorneys discussed how stop sign-related accidents are the most prevalent form of accidents, greatly outnumbering rear-end collisions. The most common form of which, is failure to yield at stop signs, which is exactly what happened in these two CTA accidents.

The other commonality here is that CTA buses were involved in both accidents. Upon analysis of some CTA statistics by our Chicago car accident lawyers, there is a definite trend. A 2010 Chicago Tribune article cited Federal Transit Administration (FTA) statistics showing that one CTA bus accident occurs nearly every day of the year. However, not all accidents are accounted for. FTA standards for reportable accidents include “accidents resulting in $25,000 or more in property damage or at least one individual taken to a hospital.”

This means that the federal reporting of accidents is incomplete, seeing as “minor accidents,” i.e. those constituting less than $25,000 in damages, are not accounted for. Those “minor accidents,” however, are not reported even to the CTA headquarters. CTA repair garages do not monitor such information, so the agency had no ability to estimate the frequency of minor accidents.

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July 3, 2012

16 Riders Suffer Personal Injury in Chicago Bus Accident

by Levin & Perconti

One of our Chicago car accident attorneys recently read a report about a collision between a car and a Chicago Transit Authority bus downtown Saturday morning. Chicagotribune.com stated that the car failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the CTA bus at 63rd and Throop streets at 11:18am. The No. 63 bus, says a CTA spokeswoman, was westbound on 63rd while the motorist was southbound on Throop. According to a Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman, an EMS Plan I was called, which automatically sent 5 ambulances to the scene, along with 25-30 Fire Department personnel.

The report stated that as a result of the collision, 16 people were transported to three different hospitals by ambulances. One person was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, eight with minor injuries were taken to Saint Bernard Hospital, and seven were taken to Holy Cross Hospital, also with minor injuries.

While most of the passengers involved in this particular accident did not suffer serious injuries, our Illinois auto accident lawyers are concerned about the increase in car accidents throughout the state of Illinois and want to urge the public to be more cautious while behind the wheel, especially as we approach the Fourth of July holiday. According to the Population Reference Bureau, road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death by injury and the tenth leading cause of all deaths globally. The Bureau states, “An estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year, and as many as 50 million are injured…And if present trends continue, road traffic injuries are predicted to be the third leading contributor to the global burden of disease and injury by 2020.”

After reading the report above, we thought it would be helpful to remind our readers of the steps they can take to avoid serious injury when behind the wheel of a car. Always wear a seatbelt and be sure to obey the speed limit and other traffic laws at all times. Try to avoid driving in bad weather conditions, as many accidents are caused by poor vision and difficulty driving in these conditions. Be sure your car and its accessories are always working properly by routinely checking your tires, brakes, lights, windows, and windshields. Never drive impaired, drink and drive, or get into the car with a drunk driver.

Most importantly, always follow the rules of the road. Use your signals properly and keep your eyes moving to remain aware of all other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and street signs. Avoid distractions while driving and pull over if you need to talk on the phone, text, or eat. Following these rules will not only help to keep you safe, but will help to prevent accidents and prevent injury to others on the road.

Car accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, but if the appropriate steps are taken, drivers will increase their chances of remaining safe behind the wheel. Our Chicago car accident attorneys are aware of the rise in car accidents throughout Illinois and are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a car accident. To find out if legal recourse may be available to you, contact one of our Illinois car accident lawyers. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.

May 21, 2010

Bus Accident in Old Irving Park

by Levin & Perconti

A car and bus accident occurred on May 20th in which ten people were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their personal injuries. The Chicago bus accident occurred in Old Irving Park Neighborhood on North Pulaski Road when a car tried to make a turn and ended up turning directly into the path of the bus. According to Chicago Breaking News, at least six ambulances arrived at the scene and of the ten people injured, six were listed in serious to fair condition, three were listed in fair condition and one was listed in serious to critical condition. While little more is known about this Chicago bus crash, please click her for an article about the accident.

While bus crashes can be very dangerous and result in serious injury when they do occur, they are still, for the majority of the time, a very safe way to travel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 there were 247 total bus crashes that resulted in a fatality and only twelve of those occurred anywhere in the state of Illinois. This low number of accident compared to the number of car accidents in a given year show that bus travel is overall very safe. Illinois accident attorneys remind drivers to be careful when driving near a bus and to make sure to always give them an appropriate amount of safe. Busses are large and much more difficult to maneuver in emergency situations and also have much larger blind spots than a passenger car does.

October 7, 2009

Victim in Bus/Van Accident Dies

by Levin & Perconti

One of the victims in the South Side of Chicago van and CTA bus accident on October 6th has died as a result of injuries sustained in the bus accident. According to Chicago Breaking News, the victim was in the van which appears to be an adult day care van and was pronounced dead early this morning. The bus accident occurred when the bus was stopped at 83rd and Cottage Grove and the driver of the van was driving too close behind and struck the bus. The van driver has been cited for tailgating the bus. For more information on this bus accident, click here.

September 21, 2009

Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Bus Accident

by Levin & Perconti

A Chicago man was fatally injured after being hit by a bus late in the evening of September 20th. The victim had been standing on the sidewalk near a bus stop when a bus struck him as it pulled away from the stop. The victim was killed instantly according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. No one on the bus was injured resulting from the fatal accident. The bus accident is still under investigation. For more information on this fatal pedestrian accident, click here.

September 8, 2009

CTA Bus Crash Personally Injures 11

by Levin & Perconti

One person was critically personally injured when a CTA bus hit a light pole on the West Side of Chicago. Eleven people were transported to area hospitals with personal injuries. One was in critical condition, eight were in fair condition and two were in good condition after the bus accident. The bus accident was originally reported as having involved a bus and a car, but it was simple the CTA bus hitting a light pole. If you have been injured on the CTA, please find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the bus accident, please click the link.

June 12, 2009

Car Hits Chicago CTA Train on Tracks

by Levin & Perconti

On the morning of June 11th, a multi-car accident led a car to jump a barrier and hit a CTA train. The blue line of the train was closed down for several hours following the car accident and a shuttle bus was used to transport passengers during the shutdown of the train line. The driver of the car that hit the train was cited for improper lane usage and not having insurance. Several people involved in the car accident were taken to local hospitals for their minor personal injuries but no one was seriously hurt. For more information on this car accident, click here.

June 2, 2009

One Person Injured in Car Accident Involving Taxi and Bus

by Levin & Perconti

On the night of June 1st in downtown Chicago, one person was taken to the hospital in good condition after the taxi they were a passenger in was involved in a car accident involving a bus. All the passengers on the bus declined medical treatment and were transferred to another bus following the accident. There is no further evidence as to what caused the bus accident. For more information on this car accident, click here.

January 28, 2009

9 people hurt in Chicago CTA crash

by Levin & Perconti

Nine people received personal injuries after a CTA bus collided with a car on the west side of Chicago. None of the injuries sustained were believed to be life threatening.

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December 29, 2008

9 injured in South Side Chicago bus crash

by Levin & Perconti

A car struck a CTA bus in South Side Chicago this afternoon and nine people received personal injuries. The Chicago car accident also caused a bicycle accident after the initial collision. Nine people were taken from the Chicago car accident scene to area hospitals. Six of those receiving personal injuries were listed in fair condition, two in good condition, and one listed in serious-to-critical condition.

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November 18, 2008

20 People Personally Injured in CTA Bus Crash

by Levin & Perconti

Twenty people were personally injured after a car rear-ended a CTA bus on the Near West Side of Chicago. The bus accident happened in the morning at Roosevelt Road and Blue Island Avenue. A third car apparently careered off the road and into a fence in the car accident. A total of 20 people were taken to the hospital with personal injuries. Most of those personally injured were on the No. 12 Roosevelt Bus. Their personal injuries mostly consisted of scrapes and bruises. The drivers of the two cars were also personally injured, and the driver of the blue car that slammed into the back of the bus is in serious condition. The bus was stopped at the intersection when it was rear-ended in the car accident. There were roughly 30 passengers on the bus at the time of impact and the driver was one of those personally injured. Police could not comment on why the driver hit the back of the bus in the car accident or if any citations have been issued. At this time no personal injury lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.

July 16, 2008

Chicago, Illinois a Hotbed for CTA train accidents, Metra train accidents and PACE bus accidents

by Levin & Perconti

In the span of only three days there have been two Chicago, Illinois CTA related deaths. In what initially may have been thought of as freak accidents there is an alarming trend with deaths and personal injuries from Chicago, Illinois Chicago Transit Authority transportation. Protections, either in the form of emergency shut-off devices for trains or extra security guards, need to be put in place near CTA “L” stops to prevent accidents. The first accident occurred Monday on the CTA blue line. The most recent accident occurred yesterday on the CTA red line. In both CTA “L” train accidents the pedestrians were killed. Investigations continue into both CTA train car accidents. In addition to Chicago, Illinois trains other forms of public transit are also under scrutiny. In recent weeks Chicago, Illinois PACE buses which provide transportation to Chicago, Illinois suburbs have also been in the spotlight due to a PACE bus accident which injured four pedestrians. Additionally, Chicago Metra trains which provide service within Chicago and to the suburbs have also been under attack. Train accidents have occurred both at train and car intersection accidents, train accidents hitting pedestrians and one train accident caused death and injury to a rider on the train. As gas prices soar in Chicago, Illinois, residents are using public transportation as an alternative to personal cars. Despite the financial savings from the public transit system residents may be willing to put more cash into the pump rather than ride on the Chicago, Illinois, CTA, PACE, or Metra due to the increasing number of accidents. Negligent bus drivers, Negligent CTA operators and negligent Metra conductors may deter residents from using public transit and opting instead to use cars even though fuel prices are high. CTA has not made any official statement regarding the recent wave of CTA related deaths but it is expected that a press release will soon be made public. As Chicago, Illinois residents remain puzzled about the unexpected CTA deaths one thing is sure safety measures need to be increased to prevent more innocent pedestrians, riders and travelers from experiencing personal injuries and death. To read about the most recent CTA red line train accident click here.

July 1, 2008

Chicago, Illinois "L" and Car Accident Leaves One Dead

by Levin & Perconti

Another CTA accident occurred in Chicago, Illinois where a car crashed into a CTA “L” platform. The car exploded and the woman suffered severe burn injuries and was not able to survive the car accident. Two other men who were in the car accident suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. CTA accidents have occurred in large numbers in recent weeks. Previously a car hitting an “L” platform caused personal injuries and death to a woman who was near a Chicago, Illinois Red Line station. To read the story and see a map of where the accident occurred, click here.

June 2, 2008

CTA Bus Crash Leaves 10 Injured

by Levin & Perconti

Chicago, Illinois was the sight of another CTA bus accident on the city’s West Side this weekend. The Chicago CTA bus crash left 10 crash victims injured requiring hospitalizations. The crash proves once again that bus or car accident personal injuries can occur even during daylight hours, the crash occurring at 3:30 p.m. To read more and see a news click about the crash click here.