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Two CTA Bus Accidents In Chicago, One Cause

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.

Interestingly enough, it was only back in 2008 that the standards were changed to become more inclusive. The reporting standard used to require over $75,000 in damages and at least two hospitalizations to occur. Fortunately, the CTA has been taking steps to improve the situation at hand. The CTA enforces routine license renewal requirements, as well as the providing various training programs.

As our Chicago car accident lawyers understand it, the main targets of the training programs are the mid-career drivers. According to the agency, the veteran drivers rarely are in accidents due to their lengthy experience, while the brand new drivers are overly careful. It is the mid-career drivers who become more lax and complacent, which is when most accidents happen.

The reality of the situation is that accidents do occur nearly ever day in Chicago, and it is possible that you or someone you now may be injured or worse in a CTA bus-related accident. Should this happen, each and every Chicago car accident attorney at Levin & Perconti is here to offer legal assistance should you inquire it. Please contact us to find out what rights may be available to you.