If you frequent our Chicago Car Accident Lawyer blog, you probably know that our last article was on the importance of seatbelts (if not, just scroll down). However, today’s topic covers accidents involving a vehicle that has no seatbelts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thousands of people are injured each year in bus accidents, and if you live in or near Chicago, buses are likely a ubiquitous part of your environment.
Whether you ride a bus regularly or not, this article applies to you. Bus accidents affect many different demographics, from children (school buses) to the diverse range of people that utilize the public transportation systems all over our city every day. What you might not know is that more than half of all bus accident fatalities and injuries are the result of occupants in regular motor vehicles, or pedestrians and bicyclists being hit.(NHTSA)
If you peruse the list of our successful accident cases, you will notice that a great deal of them involve our lawyers representing clients who were injured or killed while walking or biking around the city. In one such situation, an Alltown bus struck one of our clients while she was using a cross walk. With the help of our lawyers she was able to reach a $1.25 million settlement, which allowed her to pay her medical bills, insurance costs, and not worry about expenses on the road to recovery.
The incredible mass of buses and other large vehicles can wreak havoc on cars, let alone the body of a pedestrian or bicyclist. For this reason, most of the victims in bus accidents have to spend a great deal of time, energy and money in order to return to the quality of life they enjoyed before their injuries. Many of the cases we handle involve clients who have been relegated to a hospital bed for months at a time, and require a great deal of care from the people around them to get better in a timely fashion. With no ability to work or generate income, the victims of these accidents can also accrue huge amounts of debt, or are taken advantage of by insurance companies.
Our lawyers have over 21 years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been wrongfully injured by the negligent or reckless actions of other drivers or companies. Handling complex lawsuits involving bus accidents requires experience and specific legal knowledge, and many victims don’t know what steps they need to take to make thing right. We take pride in providing our clients with the guidance and support they need to get back on their feet. If you are need of help we would love you lend you a hand as well.