Chicago Tourist Accident Lawyer
Chicago draws millions of tourists from out of state every year to its downtown and suburban areas, visiting family, friends, and local attractions. Some come for the Michigan Avenue shopping, bustling nightlife, renowned restaurants, and games with the Cubs, Sox, Bulls, or Bears. Whatever your interests, Chicago offers something for everyone!
The Chicago, IL personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims seriously hurt in tour bus crashes, slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, school bus accidents, car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury claims. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Regardless of where you’re located, visitors face many of the same dangers as Chicagoans
Whether it's business or pleasure, visitors from out of state to Chicago face many of the same dangers that other city-dwellers face as they navigate their way through the windy city. The poor judgment of others doesn’t favor people based upon where they reside. Consequently, Chicago, Illinois tourists might have had accidents involving other motorists and passengers including:
- Car accidents
- Taxi-cab crashes
- Assaults in hotels
- Limousine crashes
- Tour boat accidents
- Tour bus accidents
- Pedestrian injury
- Food poisoning
- Public transportation accidents: train, bus, ‘L’
Accidents Unique To Chicago, IL Visitors
In addition to accidents commonly associated with all types of personal injury law, some tourists have been put in relatively unique situations that are relatively specific to their travels.
While some of these incidents are rare, there are specific laws on the point that an attorney can assist with in terms of providing legal advice.
Situations unique to travelers may include:
- Hotel / Motel Negligence: slip and falls, sexual assault, swimming pool accidents
- Tour bus company negligence, including charter buses, school buses, transit buses, and travel vans.
- Accidents at a museum: many of these are municipal entities with specific statutes that must be strictly followed
- Airport Shuttle Van Accidents
- Accidents at airports, including Jetway, falls, airplane turbulence
- Shopping center accidents
Insurance companies taking advantage of an injured person’s distance from the site of the accident
It can be quite beneficial to an insurance company resolving an injury case involving an injured person who lives far away from where the accident occurred.
Knowing that many people who are seriously injured in Chicago may be unwilling or unable to come back to the area, insurance companies are known for making low-ball offers for car or bus accident cases involving substantial injuries that might involve:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones or fractures
As attorneys who litigate lawsuits throughout the states, we know the actual value of claims and what a person is entitled to receive under Illinois state laws.
We will take the steps necessary to present the most favorable documentation to the insurance company to ensure that your case is best positioned for a favorable and expeditious resolution.
Contact us for a free case review of your hospital records and injuries.
Will You Need To Come Back To Chicago For Your Injury Case?
Our bus accident lawyers handle injury claims by directly dealing with insurance companies providing coverage for the at-fault party responsible for the collision. In these situations, the injured person would most likely not have to return to Chicago, Illinois for any reason.
Our law office will handle your personal injury case and file a compensation claim against the tour bus driver, school district, or other bus passengers to hold them legally and financially accountable for your damages including your emergency room bills, time away from work pain, and suffering.
A lawsuit might be necessary to settle your case because the insurance company or defendant refuses to divide an acceptable negotiated settlement.
The injured person might have to return from out of state to Chicago (or the area in Illinois, where the incident occurred) during some points in the litigation process such as a deposition, mediation, or trial.
Our legal team understands this inconvenience and takes all possible steps to schedule dates and times for these events that are convenient for you or your loved one.
Retaining A Chicago Accident Attorney If You Don’t Live Close By
While our Chicago, IL personal injury lawyers always enjoy meeting our clients face-to-face, it might be unfeasible for you or your family member to travel to our office.
Thankfully, technology such as email, phone, and video conferencing now allows us to communicate with clients regardless if they live across the country or even outside of the United States.
Our Chicago, IL tourist accidents attorneys know that many tourists hurt in accidents cannot return to the area to deal with legal matters in resolving an injury case. Our Illinois office prides itself on using the latest technologies to our advantage and will take whatever steps necessary to provide you with the best representation for your case, even if you live near us.
Tourist Bus Accident Injury FAQs
Do you have questions related to a vehicle crash and do not know how to resolve a claim or lawsuit against a touring company or other motorists? A Chicago, IL attorney has answered some of those questions below.
Call us at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free consultation for more answers on obtaining financial compensation for your damages. We are here to help.
What to Do If You Get Hit by a Bus?
If you were hit by a bus while riding in another vehicle, riding a bike, or walking as a pedestrian, what you do next could determine your recovery time and financial health.
- Contact emergency services and ask for transportation to the emergency room, even if you believe your injury is minor. Only a competent doctor with the best diagnostic tools can determine your condition
- Document what happened, including taking notes, capturing photographic images of the accident scene, and gathering contact information from all witnesses, including the name, number, and address
- Talk with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate the value of your claim and help you obtain financial compensation to pay for your hospitalization costs, time away from work, and intangible damages, including pain-and-suffering
What Happens If a Bus Crashes?
If you were riding on the bus as a passenger and were involved in a crash, call the police right away for emergency services. The bus driver might be incapacitated to ask the police for assistance.
Once the police arrive, ask for transportation to the local emergency room, even if your injury is minor. Seeking immediate medical attention will ensure your condition is accurately diagnosed.
Often, serious injuries are not found until hours or days later, after the adrenaline from the crash diminishes. Document the accident scene and protect your legal rights by seeking legal counsel from a competent attorney specializing in tour bus accidents.
How Likely Is a Bus Crash?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 63,000 school buses, tour buses, and local buses are involved in collisions every year. On average, approximately 14,000 passengers are injured and 300 are killed annually.
Intercity buses are slightly more likely to crash compared to school buses around densely populated areas. However, charter operations, including tour buses have higher odds of accidents due to bus driver mistakes.
What Are the Most Common Types of School Bus Accidents?
Many parents worry every time the child steps on the school bus hoping they are not involved in an accident. However, in 2017, ninety-five deaths occurred in the United States involving school buses. Some of the deceased were students and other motorists.
Passengers riding on a school bus are supposed to be safe, even though there are no installed seat belts. The three most common types of school bus crashes include:
- School bus drivers colliding with other objects, including parked cars and light stands
- Bus accidents involving other motorists
- Buses colliding with pedestrians and bicyclists
How Do You Survive a Bus Crash if Seriously Injured?
Riding on a transit bus, tour bus, school bus or shuttle requires faith in your bus driver’s ability to get you to your destination safely. However, if you are in a bus crash and struck by a car, what you do next could increase your chances of survival.
In the first few moments after the accident, your adrenaline is running. You might not be aware that you will have suffered a serious injury, including internal organ damage, traumatic brain injury, cuts, or lacerations.
Seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 and waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive. Be sure you are transported to the nearest trauma center for a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose your health condition.
Take notes on what the doctor said and follow-up on all future appointments to ensure the history of your healing is accurately reported.
Call someone to take pictures of the accident scene and gather contact information from all eyewitnesses, including their name, phone number, and address. Take photographic evidence of your injuries that could be used during the negotiation process or when taking your case to trial.
Finally, contact a personal injury attorney to handle your case. Legal representation could mean that you receive maximum compensation for your damages.
If You Were Injured In Chicago, You Need To Have A Local Accident Attorney On Your Side
The car and bus accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented residents in another state or country in tort law lawsuits originating in Illinois. If you were injured on a street in Chicago or another region in Illinois, we can advise you of your legal rights and options to pursue your case.
As Chicago accident attorneys, we are proud that many of our Chicago visitor claims come referred to us by attorneys in other states who direct clients to our attention. We recognize this as a sincere vote of confidence in our work.
If at any point you have questions related to your injury and you are an out-of-state resident who was injured by a vehicle in Chicago, give us a call or complete our contact form and we will be happy to talk with you about your case without any cost or obligation to use our services.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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