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.
Bus accident injuries 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. In fact, it might surprise you to find that more than half of all bus accident fatalities and injuries are suffered by the occupants of passenger vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians, rather than by people riding the bus itself. If you take a minute to review our successful car 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 more than two decades of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been wrongfully injured by the negligent or reckless actions of other drivers or companies. Dealing with a bus accident is very different than other types of car accident lawsuits, and many victims don’t know what steps they need to take to make thing right. The attorneys at our law firm take pride in providing our clients with the tools they need to get back on their feet. If you are need of help we would love you lend you a hand as well.