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Each year, millions of people living in and around our city use Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses to get from point A to point B. The CTA bus system is a staple of Chicago’s landscape, whether it is used for work or play, so when we use it, we expect a certain degree of safety. Still, some 13,000 buses were involved in accidents throughout the United States last year, and many of them could have been prevented with the use of proper caution.
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School buses represent the largest single source of mass transportation in the United States, shuttling twice as many people from place to place as any other transit bus system. Each day approximately 500,000 buses get 24 million school-age kids from point A to point B, carrying them to and from school, as well as school related activities. Since 1990, about 1,500 people have been fatally injured in school bus accidents, and many more have been injured.
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When you are operating a vehicle as big, long and heavy as a bus in an urban city like Chicago, any number of things can lead to a collision. Typical situations that contribute to bus accidents include blocked bus lanes, unpredictable drivers, sudden lane change, pedestrians using bus lanes, speeding, bad weather, mechanical failures, and many others. Approximately 13,000 buses are involved in roadway accidents every year, with an estimated 300 of those crashes resulting in a fatality. 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. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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For most of us, the month of September means cool nights, comfy sweaters, and tree lines emblazoned with leaves of bright red, brown and orange. However, for most of the children across our country, the arrival of September means only one thing: going back to school.

With the time constraints and obligations inherent in being a working parent, having your children picked up and dropped off at school by the bus is more of a necessity that it is a choice. For this reason, parents expect that all bus drivers and manufacturers will do their job to the best of their ability, and keep your child safe throughout the year. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case, and this kind of negligence on the part of just one person can put your kids and everyone else on the road in serious danger.
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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. Chicago’s CTA bus network alone services the entire city and 35 of its suburbs, an area which incorporates some 3.5 million people; but it doesn’t stop there. School buses shuttle millions of children to and from school across the state of Illinois, and when school is out for summer, they carry children and adults alike to various extracurricular activities; on top of that, many more people utilize intercity commercial coaches as a cheap and easy way to get to destinations well beyond the state of Illinois. In short, people living in the City of Chicago and much of the rest of Illinois are extremely familiar with, and heavily reliant on, bus transportation.
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If you live or work in Chicagoland, there is a good chance that you are no stranger to seeing buses lumber up and down the streets. Chicago’s CTA bus network alone services the entire city and 35 of its suburbs, an area which incorporates some 3.5 million people; but it doesn’t stop there. School buses shuttle millions of children to and from school across the state of Illinois, and when school is out for summer, they carry children and adults alike to various extracurricular activities; on top of that, many more people utilize intercity commercial coaches as a cheap and easy way to get to destinations well beyond the state of Illinois. In short, people living in the City of Chicago and much of the rest of Illinois are extremely familiar with, and heavily reliant on, bus transportation, but how familiar are they with what to do after a bus accident?
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While it’s true that rollover accidents can have devastating consequences for the occupants of any automobile, they are especially hazardous in cases involving SUVs, large trucks, and buses. These vehicles are constituted by taller, narrower frames, which create a higher center of gravity that is far more susceptible to tipping when suddenly shifted to one side or the other.

To get an idea of just how violent rollover accidents really are, one need only look as far as the Consumer Reports statistics. Despite the fact that rollovers accounted for just 3 out of every 100 serious traffic accidents in 2013, they were responsible for roughly 30% of all fatalities among individuals riding in a passenger vehicle. Even when rollovers don’t prove to be deadly, they routinely leave victims debilitated, unable to work, and in need of personal, medical, and legal assistance just to take care of themselves and pay their bills.
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As car accident lawyers working in one of the busiest urban hubs in the country, our staff knows a thing or two about handling personal injury claims. Every day we fight to protect the rights of injured victims by helping them seek justice for the harm they have suffered due to negligence. In addition to our courtroom advocacy we strive to educate people in and around the Chicago area on issues and road safety tips with the hopes that we can help them avoid being involved in an accident in the first place or at least enable them to properly handle the situation when it does happen.

Bus accident lawsuits don’t always get the same level of publicity as other issues in the realm of auto injury law, and far too many people simply don’t know what to do or where to turn if they are injured while riding a CTA bus, school bus or private charter bus. What follows is a list of tips that our lawyers have come up with to illustrate the best way to handle the aftermath of a bus accident. Following these simple suggestions can make a world of difference for you and your family during a tumultuous time, putting you on the fast track to getting the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Be Prepared For an Accident-If you don’t have a pen and a pad of paper with you get one; this will be an invaluable tool in documenting important information after a bus accident. You should also have a phone available for calling the authorities or medical personnel in the event of an emergency, and also for taking pictures of any damage for future reference.

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Every weekday, about 25 million children from all over the United States use a school bus to get to and from school, and millions of adults, including thousands of people living in the City of Chicago, also rely on buses to get them from point-A to point-B. As personal injury lawyers working in one of the largest hubs of passenger bus transportation in the country, our attorneys have helped a number of clients gain compensation for traffic-related injuries, and possess an extensive amount of experience handling bus accident lawsuits. (LegalInfo)

Because there is a significant amount of variation within this industry, accidents and injuries can leave victims financially and physically damaged, with no idea of what to do next. If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of a bus accident, it is crucial that you seek legal representation from a firm that understands the intricacies of serious accident ligitation. By examining the list found below, you can develop a better understanding of the wide range of cases that our lawyers handle:

• Accidents involving the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) or other local/public mass transit carriers • Accidents involving school buses or injuries to children

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Weather can affect traffic in a multitude of ways. This can include visibility impairment, precipitation, high winds, temperature extremes, traction, stability, and maneuverability problems, and can even cause damage to roadway infrastructures. Wet pavement alone causes more than 1,100,000 car accidents every year, and injures more than half a million people, so it is extremely important to be cognizant of the conditions your drive in this winter season, and react accordingly to keep yourself and those around you safe. (U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Road Weather Management Program)

Last Wednesday, one individual was killed and approximately 15 additional people were injured after a pickup truck crashed into a bus on U.S. 20 not far from County Road 450 East. According to reports from the LaPorte County Sherriff’s Deputies, the accident happened around 3:15 p.m. as the driver was heading westbound. Authorities believe that the slick pavement caused the driver to lose control of his pickup truck, and led him to drift past the center divider and strike an eastbound bus before careening into a nearby ditch. The impact of the crash was enough to expel the driver of the truck from his vehicle, and caused the bus to swerve off of the road, settling roughly 300 yards away from the sight of the collision. The accident caused the deputies to temporarily close U.S. 20s eastbound lanes, but traffic began moving again by 6 p.m.

Reports indicate that the bus involved in the accident was carrying a group of people from the New Buffalo Four Winds Casino, and was headed to Mishawaka; all 15 injuries are believed to be non life threatening. Passengers from the bus were transported via 7 ambulances to nearby hospitals, and 55-65 people without injuries were taken to a nearby high school in order to stay warm until another bus could be contacted to take them home. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. (NWI Times)