Millions of people use the bus as their transportation each and every day. Whether it be for commuting to and from work, riding the bus to school, or just catching a ride to down town, many people view the bus as a great alternative to the stress of maneuvering through traffic themselves, as well as a means of avoiding the cost of buying and maintaining one’s own car.
The amount of people who are turning to bus travel is increasing, especially in urban areas such as Chicago. As we all know from high school economics, supply and demand dictates that public transportation systems have to respond to this increase in passengers by putting a greater number of buses on the roads. While the increase in buses means more people saving money, it also has resulted in an increased amount of bus accidents.
13,000 buses are involved in accidents every year, with an estimated 300 of these being fatal. Typical situations that contribute to bus accidents include things like blocked bus lanes, unpredictable drivers or sudden lane changes without warning, a bus veering of a roadway to avoid other accidents, pedestrians using bus lanes, speeding, bad weather, mechanical failures, and many others. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Because of the nature of a bus, with open isles and no seatbelts or airbags, people can get severely injured if the bus they are riding on collides with another vehicle. If you are on the other end of the bus collision the damage can be just as bad, if not worse. In order to prove the cause of a bus accident and determine which party is negligent, our lawyers review certain key elements, some of which include:
• Bus Driver Qualifications-ensuring that the driver of the vehicle had the proper license and credentials at the time of the accident.
• Driver Records-Negligence on the part of the company if the driver has a bad record, too many previous tickets, accidents, Inadequate training, lack of experience, etc.
• Negligence in Supervision-If the bus driver was not monitored to the point that his or her negligent or reckless actions were not recognized or addressed.
• Maintenance-Lack of proper maintenance to a vehicle in a timely and proper manner.
In the 21 years that the lawyers at Levin & Perconti have practiced, we have recovered more than $520 million for our clients and their families, and have aided countless families in regaining their lives. You never know when or where an accident will happen, even when you are doing everything right, the actions of others can still negatively affect you. Our lawyers are committed to ensuring that you are never punished for the carelessness of another driver, if you or a loved one thinks you may have a case, call us for a free consultation to find out how we can help you.