Chicago Bus Accident Statistics
The size and weight of a bus can cause massive destruction and severe injuries. The slightest misstep by a driver or the failure of equipment to work correctly could be catastrophic. Most people are unaware of how common bus accidents are and how dense bus traffic impacts the number of injuries sustained due to automotive accidents.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of CTA bus crashes, motor vehicle collisions, and truck accidents. If you were injured by the careless actions of a CTA bus driver, contact us today to discuss your legal options.
Staying Safe on CTA Buses
The following information provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration highlights just how crucial it is to take more preventative measures. Enacting and enforcing safety laws require the safer operation of these deadly vehicles.
In 2017, over 34,000 Americans lost their lives and fatal vehicle accidents. Of those, 5005 lives were lost in crashes involving buses and large commercial vehicles. This number rose significantly (over 8%) from the year before.
Ten states had the highest incident rate of fatal bus accidents and large truck crashes in 2017. These states include Illinois, Indiana, Texas, California, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and New York. Over 51% of all the fatal accidents involving a bus or large truck occurred in these ten states.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, there were 165 collisions with other motor vehicles that resulted in fatalities. Most of these accidents (ninety) involved a head-on impact. An additional forty-eight fatality-related bus crashes involved colliding with non-fixed objects.
CTA Bus Accidents Injure and Kill Illinois Residents
On a typical business day, commuters take over 1 million rides on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on over 125 bus routes stopping at over 10,500 CTA bus stops. The CTA also operates over 140 trains traveling on eight routes, pulling nearly 1500 rail cars.
Chicago also operates the METRA public transportation system on eleven rail lines stopping at over 240 stations. Sadly, in recent years, riding on these public transportation CTA buses and rails is often dangerous to commuters, pedestrians, cyclist, motorcyclists, school buses, and motor vehicles.
Some bus accident victims have suffered a serious injury. The most common cause of bus accidents includes CTA bus driver fatigue, distraction, and lack of sufficient training/supervision. Sometimes, bus operators work long hours and split shifts that could increase stress and lead to collisions.
Attorneys Committed to Holding Bus Drivers and Companies Accountable After an Accident
The statistics maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are alarming and unacceptable. Bus charter companies are responsible for holding drivers to higher standards and routinely maintaining buses to ensure safe transport of passengers to their destinations without incident.
An effective way to make a change involves bringing negligent companies and drivers to justice and making them paying victims and surviving family members compensation for their damages. Only when these negligent actions result in adverse financial implications will carriers be motivated to change their policies and clean up their acts.
Hire a Chicago Bus Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a bus accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC would like to help you in this challenging time. Our experienced attorneys have successfully represented many clients as passengers on buses or motorists sharing the road with large commercial vehicles.
Our years of experience enable us to draw upon these similar cases like yours. We can help you recover the compensation that you are entitled to pay for your medical bills and any additional physical, emotional, and financial loss you have suffered due to your accident.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Let us review the details of your case with you and conduct our investigation. We can protect your rights, provide legal options, and discuss the best course of action with you.
Regardless of your financial situation, rest assured we can help. All our attorneys work on a contingency basis. We receive payment only after you have been awarded compensation for your injuries or reached an out of court settlement with the responsible parties.
Our Chicago bus accident lawyers will remain in constant contact with you while we build your case against the insurance company.