Bus Accident Attorney Chicago
Holding Negligent Drivers and Bus Companies Accountable
Buses are a common form of transformation within major cities., as well as for travel across the U.S. Here in Chicago, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) operates hundreds of buses daily through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Pace suburban bus system. Chicago school districts also rely on hundreds of school buses for travel each day, not just to get students to class, but also for field trips and sporting events.
With all of these buses traveling throughout the city each day, accidents happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 600 buses were involved in accidents in Illinois in 2007. In 2020, there were more than 246 thousand total crashes, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (DoT).
At Walner Law®, our talented team of Chicago personal injury lawyers has more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. We value our connections with our clients and know that our commitment to individualized attention will make you feel like more than just an accident victim.
Common Causes of Bus Crashes
Much like motor vehicle accidents, bus accidents can be caused by a number of factors, such as:
- Driver negligence
- Defective equipment
- Dangerous roadways
- Adverse weather conditions
- Improper bus maintenance
Bus accidents can leave passengers with severe injuries, especially if the bus is not equipped with seatbelts. You can be left with bruises and lacerations to issues as significant as brain injuries, internal bleeding, and paralysis. It’s recommended that accident victims seek medical attention immediately to give the best assessment of the severity of any type of injury and the potential timeline for recovery.
A bus accident can have a number of devastating effects on those involved. The most immediate and obvious effects are physical injuries but survivors of bus accidents may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which requires treatment that can cost a lot of money in the process.
Our team of qualified attorneys will work with you and local officials to determine the cause of a bus accident and what may have led to your serious injuries. This will help us consider who to hold liable and who to pursue a personal injury lawsuit and bus accident claim against.
Who can I hold liable?
Bus drivers have a responsibility to operate buses with care to protect their passengers, as well as other motorists and their passengers. Every bus accident is unique and will produce varying degrees of injuries. That means that there are substantial ranges of damages that can result.
If you become injured in a bus accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the bus driver and the bus company to cover your:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages (past and future)
- Disability and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
When pursuing a bus accident claim, the more information you can provide, the better the chance for success in receiving a settlement for your personal injury lawsuit. The quicker you reach out to our team of experienced bus accident attorneys, the sooner we can pursue maximum compensation for your case. Always be prepared to provide additional reports from doctors, etc. in order to help your attorney help you.
Public Bus Crashes
If your bus accident resulted from a crash involving the RTA or CTA systems, the duty of care could fall on the city and state government entities, such as the Illinois Department of Transportation. Litigation against public transportation outlets could range from the discovery that the negligent bus driver has a history of violations behind the wheel to failure to address issues with brakes that officials were made aware of.
Our experienced team of experienced Chicago bus accident attorneys is not afraid to act as your legal representation against cities, counties, or states. Our interest is in helping you and your family members get the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, emotional distress, and additional punitive damages.
If you were injured in a bus crash, please call or email the Chicago bus accident lawyers at Walner Law®. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we collect money for you.