Chicago has one of the busiest mass transit systems in the country. Many of us use city buses to get around. And many of us share the road with these buses when we are traveling on foot, bicycle or in a car. Unfortunately, accidents involving buses do occur. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result, please call Sklare Law Group, at 312-471-7777, for free legal advice.
Bus Accident Claims
Any type of bus can get involved in an accident:
- City bus
- Regional bus
- School bus
- Touring/coach bus
Because of their size and weight, and lack of seat belts in many cases, buses can cause catastrophic injury when involved in a crash. Sometimes the driver causes the accident, but it's not at all uncommon for other motorists on the road to cause a collision. In fact, one such accident was caught on video on March 7, 2018. An SUV had made a left turn in front of an oncoming bus, ultimately injuring several passengers.
On the other hand, when the bus company is responsible for the crash, these are some of the most common reasons:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication
- Driver inexperience
- Driver was inadequately trained
- Improper or inadequate bus maintenance
If you aren't sure of the exact cause but suspect someone else's negligence is to blame, please call our attorneys. We offer a free review of the accident so that you can decide what to do next. If we determine you have a claim, you may be able to pursue compensation with the help of our attorneys. You deserve this compensation, which may be granted for things like your medical bills, lost wages due to inability to work, and your pain and suffering.
Pace Bus and Chicago Transit Authority Bus Crashes
You see city and suburban buses all the time. The vast majority of drivers are hard-working, reliable and responsible professionals who get their passengers safely to their destinations. But sometimes, carelessness or recklessness on the part of the driver can cause a serious crash. In other instances, other motorists cause buses to get involved. Either way, as an injured passenger you are left with medical bills and probably a desire for justice.
In the two-year period of 2015 and 2016, there were 5 people killed and 1,000 people injured in crashes involving CTA buses, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Those injured included passengers, drivers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
When a Pace or CTA bus crashes and causes injuries, those injured victims should be properly compensated. We rely on bus drivers to get us to our destinations safely. When that doesn't happen, the responsible party should be held accountable for injuries caused.
What to Do In the Aftermath
After this type of crash, here are some things to consider:
- Get medical attention
- Make sure police are responding to the scene and stay until they arrive
- Ask how you can get a copy of the police report
- If you are able, write down any identifying information about the driver and the bus
- Take pictures of your injuries and the scene if it is safe to do so
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible
- Call our attorneys as soon as possible
Bus companies know that some of their fleet will get in accidents. They are backed by powerful insurance companies and will work quickly to settle or otherwise close the book on injury and death claims following a crash. As someone affected, you need equally aggressive representation.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
At Sklare Law Group, you can rely on us for clear answers to your questions. The aftermath of a serious accident can be overwhelming, isolating and frustrating. We provide straightforward information about your options for pursuing compensation. Here are some of the ways we may be able to help you:
- Determining if you are getting the compensation you deserve
- Determining if a claim to pursue more compensation is appropriate
- Dealing with all involved insurance companies
- Serving as an aggressive advocate dedicated to your best interests
- Ensuring you aren't mistreated or taken advantage of
Call us today to learn more. We are passionate about fighting for our clients. We work every day to obtain the best possible results for people injured in accidents and other incidents across our city.
Call Now For A Free Consultation
For your free legal advice, please call Sklare Law Group at 312-471-7777. We proudly serve Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Park, Cicero and all surrounding areas.