Public Transportation Accidents

Chicago Public Transportation Accident Lawyers

Many of us take public transportation including: buses, trains, airplanes, taxicabs, subways and ferries or water taxis in order to commute to work and for pleasure. Whatever your reason for using public transportation, the law requires common carriers (as most modes of public transportation are categorized) to use the highest degree of care when transporting the public.

Mass injuries, individual rights of those injured on Chicago public transportation

When an accident involving public transportation does occur, the incident may involve an individual or perhaps hundreds of passengers. Frequently, operators or insurers of the public transport attempt to resolve cases quickly by offering injured passengers a meager settlement for their injuries as an attempt to avoid protracted litigation.

Whether it is a bus, train, boat or airplane accident, the companies involved are often large corporate entities that are heavily insured and may have specific laws applicable to their entity. It is in an individual’s best interest to be represented by an attorney that can defend their rights to compensation based on their specific injuries and financial damages– and to comply with the applicable law.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, buses alone cause thousands of injuries every year, 24,000 in 2008. Although most public transportation is considered safe in comparison to passenger vehicles, there are still thousands of people injured or killed each year. When these accidents are due to negligence on the part of the transportation companies, legal representation is the only way to ensure passengers receive fair compensation for their injuries or losses.

Factors That Contribute To Public Transportation Accidents In Chicago

Regardless of the mode of transportation, there are often similar factors that are considered when looking at whether a company was negligent in providing “highest degree of care” for its passengers. In the 2011 annual report to Congress on public transportation accidents, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has sited the following safety issues as potential causes:

  • Operator fatigue and errors. This is one of the most common causes listed when accidents are investigated, in the air, on rail and on the roads.
  • Equipment failure. Often safety equipment is found lacking or not up to safety standards.
  • Not following proper procedures. When transportation staff does not follow proper safety procedures, it often results in accidents.

One such accident occurred involving a motor coach that killed 15 passengers and injured 17 others in New York in March 2011. The NTSB found that several factors contributed to the accident, including that the driver was fatigued, had prior traffic violations, the driver was speeding, the motor coach company safety management was ineffective and the motor coach itself was poorly constructed. It is easy to see that in this accident, many different factors and entities may need to be investigated in a legal case for the injured and deceased passengers.

Chicago public transportation lawyers

Whether it is a bus, train, boat or airplane accident, the companies involved are often large corporate entities that are heavily insured and have equally heavy legal teams. It is in an individual’s best interest to be represented by an Chicago accident attorney that can defend their rights to compensation based on their specific injuries and financial damages.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, buses alone cause thousands of injuries every year, 24,000 in 2008. Although most public transportation is considered safe in comparison to passenger vehicles, there are still thousands of people injured or killed each year. When these accidents are due to negligence on the part of the transportation companies, legal representation is the only way to ensure passengers receive fair compensation for their injuries or losses.

Considerations relating to public transportation accidents in Chicago, Illinois

Injuries incurred while using public transportation can be further complicated by the fact that some modes of public transportation are controlled by governmental or quasi-governmental agencies in Illinois that have specific laws that must be strictly complied with in order to proceed.

For example, many public transportation accidents in Chicago involve: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), The City of Chicago, PACE buses or METRA. All of these entities have specific laws that apply to them and set-forth specific requirements which must be complied with prior to filing a lawsuit. In some cases, these entities are protected by shorter statute of limitations which require a lawsuit to be filed soon than an ordinary accident case. The failure to comply with these regulations can result in a dismissal of your case and may be a bar to pursuing damages for your injuries.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has represented individuals injured in many types of public transportation accidents and can assist in helping you navigate the tricky statutes and notice requirements that cannot be ignored. Don’t go it alone, contact an Illinois personal injury law firm that has the knowledge and resources to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive every aspect of damages that you are entitled to.