Each year, millions of people use the Chicago Transit Authority to get around. Whether you live or work in the Windy City, parking expenses prohibit many from owning a car or driving downtown. As a result, the CTA is a staple of Chicago’s landscape, whether it is used for work or play, so when we get on the bus, 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. (NHTSA)
Earlier this week, eight individuals were taken to local area hospitals following a CTA bus accident in the Loop. According to officials, the accident occurred in the morning around 8:40 a.m. at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, and was the result of the bus being cut off by another driver. An EMS Plan I was called onto the seen, sending at least five ambulances to aid the injured, but none of their injuries were considered to be life threatening, reported the Chicago Fire Department Chief. In the days since the accident, each individual’s condition has stabilized. (Chicago Tribune)
Injuries and fatalities happen every year because of the carelessness and negligence of bus drivers or other vehicles on the road. While it is unclear who was at fault in this particular accident, negligent behavior behind the wheel is the single most common cause of bus accidents in general, and many other injuries are caused by bus companies failing to properly manufacture and maintain their buses. The nature of mass transit vehicles means that these vehicles rarely have seatbelts or restraints to protect their passengers, and their sheer size makes their operation much more risky than driving a car.
Our lawyers have spent the last twenty years defending the rights of people injured in automobile and motor vehicle accidents, and we have been extremely successful in securing millions of dollars in Chicago bus accident settlements. Some of the types of accidents we have handled include those involving Chicago Transit buses, charters, school buses and Greyhound buses.
Illinois bus accidents are more common than your might think, and if you find yourself injured in one of these collisions, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, insurance costs, as well as damages related to your case. The long-term consequences of bus accident injuries can be devastating, but our attorneys will see to it that you don’t have to face these challenges on your own.