The Chicago Transit Authority, better known as the CTA, is the United States second largest public transportation system. It covers all of Chicago and its 40 suburbs, and one any given weekday 1.6 million people use it.
One of the biggest parts of the CTA’s service to Chicago is their 2,000 buses, operating along 154 routes, and linking 12,000 posted stops over 2,273 miles of roads. Public Transportation is not just used by adults, it also shuttles our children to and from school every day.
Most of the time people taking the bus have nothing to worry about, but our lawyers know that when it comes to a bus accident injury, you never know where or when it is going to happen. Yesterday morning, a Limestone public school bus was involved in an accident that left one dead, and several injured.
According to state police, the accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. on Illinois Route 113 West. Preliminary reports state that a 2002 Chevrolet was traveling down Warner Bridge road when it struck the school bus, which was carrying a group of high school students. The bus was stopped with its lights flashing, and its riders were boarding when it was hit. (Chicago Tribune)
Several of the students were taken to a local hospital with injuries, but all were considered non-life-threatening. The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene.
With such a large presence in our lives, we would like to think our public buses are safe, and for the most part they are. However, 24,000 people are injured each year in our country while being transported by bus, and if you are one of them, the results can be devastating. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
Because of the nature of a large public bus, with open isles, no seatbelts, and no airbags, passengers can pay a heavy price in the event of an accident. While this accident was a result of mistakes made by another driver, our lawyers are also experienced with handling injury cases suffered due to the negligence of bus drivers and their administrators.
We have handled and won multiple cases seeking compensation for the families and clients injured by buses. Recently we attained three separate $1.25 million settlements for victims injured as a result of the negligent actions of Alltown Bus Services as well as the Chicago Transit Authority.
In one such instance, our client experienced multiple pelvic, rib, and transverse process fractures after she was hit by a CTA bus. The settlement allowed her to pay her medical bills, and compensated her for the trauma that followed her accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, call us, maybe we can help.