Odds are if you have lived in or near Chicago for any length of time, you have probably used a public bus. Buses take our children to school, we share the streets with them on our daily commutes, and many of us rely on buses for your own transportation. This relationship requires Illinois residents to trust that the actions of everyone involved in operating these buses is being done with the safety of passengers and fellow motorists in mind.
However, as the Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week, using public buses, as well as operating your own vehicle around them, has its dangers. According to the article, last weekend five Illinois residents were hospitalized when a CTA bus collided with a car in Brighton Park.
As the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration points out, these accidents are not as rare as you might think. There were almost 300,000 vehicles involved in large truck and bus accidents in 2009. These accidents resulted in more that 3,500 deaths, and nearly 100,000 injuries.
When someone gets on a bus, they are entrusting their safety to the driver, the company that owns and operates the bus, as well as its manufacturer. If one of these parties fails to do their job, the safety of their passengers and fellow motorist is compromised.
Unlike cars and trucks, passengers on public buses do not wear seatbelts, and frequently stand or move around the isles throughout their transit, therefore increasing their risk for significant injuries. In addition, the sheer mass of a bus makes the prospect of an accident with smaller automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians very frightening
Accidents involving public buses can have devastating ramifications for those involved and their families. Often, victims are left with serious injuries, hindering them from working and leaving them to accumulate medical bills.
Our Chicago accident lawyers have spent many years helping our clients recover millions of dollars, with settlements in all types of bus accident cases, including:
• CTA buses or other local mass transit
• School buses
• Charter buses • Tour buses • Greyhound buses, Megabus, or other interstate passenger buses
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the reckless or negligent action of a bus driver, owner, or manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers will work with you to ensure that these individuals and companies are held responsible for their actions.
If you believe that you may have a case, give us a call at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation. We can help you get the compensation and peace of mind that you deserve.