Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Bus Accident Lawyers
It is no surprise that the densely populated city of Chicago is home to the second-largest public transportation system in the United States. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) transports over 1.6 million people each day.
The sheer volume of traffic on the roads means that despite even the best of intentions, accidents are likely to occur. It is the responsibility of the CTA employees to provide compensation if any of its passengers are hurt due to negligence or recklessness.
There are many hurdles an injured person must overcome to receive compensation from this municipal entity responsible for CTA bus accidents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is familiar with the procedural requirements necessary to obtain monetary compensation from the CTA for injuries sustained as a passenger, pedestrian, or motorist. Contact our office (888) 424-5757 for a free case review with an attorney who has experience with CTA bus accident cases.
Riding the Bus in the Time of Covid-19
Since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) became a worldwide pandemic, public transportation, including local CTA bus lines, has been in free fall. Ridership on public transportation vehicles has been hit hard, as have travel by rail and airplanes.
Many cities, including those in the Chicago area, have taken a hard look at how the public is exposed to life-threatening infection. The rise in cases involving sickness and death has fallen squarely on the shoulders of tour bus businesses, charter companies, and regional bus systems, including the Chicago Transit Authority.
Most communities in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, and the Chicago area operate a heavily localized network of buses and rail cars. Many essential workers from low-income areas rely on the CTA system because they do not have a motor vehicle for transport to and from work.
Even with the threat of sickness from Covid-19 (coronavirus disease), these workers have no other choice than to use mass transit buses, including CTA buses. Sadly, riding shoulder to shoulder with others on large vehicles places everyone at risk, including the bus driver.
Many communities have chosen not to allow children to return to their classrooms because of the exposure they might receive riding school buses.
CTA Volume Increases Likelihood of Accidents
The CTA owns and operates nearly 1,800 buses to transport many passengers daily. The heavy traffic of crowded rail cars and buses makes it more likely that the CTA will be involved in accidents at some point, even though the statistical likelihood is small per individual.
For this reason, the CTA maintains extensive resources managed by a robust legal team. These attorneys have the sole purpose of mitigating the financial impact of any injuries or property damage resulting from CTA vehicle accidents.
Victims of bus accidents are at a disadvantage to obtain fair compensation if they are not also represented by knowledgeable attorneys.
Types of CTA Bus Accident Cases
There are many factors to consider whenever evaluating an accident case to determine cause and fault. It is essential to collect as much evidence as possible shortly after an accident to refute claims made by the CTA that contradict your version of events. The types and causes of CTA buses often include the following.
- Injury when boarding or exiting – Drivers are often in a hurry and may injure riders who are still boarding or exiting the vehicle if they are in a rush or not paying attention and accidents that ensure are more often the fault of the driver than not.
- Injury resulting from collisions with other vehicles – The force of an impact may throw passengers from their seats or off of their feet, causing harm due to falls or crashes with objects.
- Poorly maintained buses – Critical components such as brakes and tires should be inspected and maintained to prevent mass transit accidents that occur when these devices fail to perform as intended. In the event of a crash, the service records of the bus that was involved should be examined to determine whether proper safety protocol was followed preceding the incident.
- Distracted or fatigued bus driver – Overworked bus drivers are increasingly more common as most are forced to work demanding schedules. Distractions and tiredness are both proven to slow reaction time and contribute to accidents. The state of the driver at the time of a crash must be evaluated when evaluating fault.
- Collisions with other vehicles – The CTA bus passengers are not always the sole victims of accidents. Other motorists and pedestrians are at risk of enduring severe injuries or wrongful death when a bus accident involves large motor coaches, even if the collisions occur at low speeds on bus routes.
- Influence of alcohol and drug use by operators – It is an unfortunate reality that despite every effort to prevent the use of controlled substances while operating commercial vehicles, some drivers still make the reckless decision to use drugs or drink alcohol while on duty. The driver involved in any CTA bus accident should be subject to a drug and alcohol test at the time of the incident, and if he or she tests positive, the CTA is responsible for its employee's actions.
Failing to follow governmental agencies' regulations – All common carriers, bus companies, public transportation businesses, METRA, CTA bus systems, school buses, and tour bus companies must follow Federal transit administration laws to protect the public.
Your Legal Rights
All bus passengers involved in a mass transit accident have a legal right to file a claim against Chicago Transit Authority and their insurance company. Those with serious injuries should hire Chicago bus accident lawyers to ensure a successful verdict when seeking adequate financial compensation to recoup medical bills and time away from work.
Family members in Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, and the Chicago area whose loved one died in a bus or train accident can file a wrongful death claim.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), buckling up with a seat belt saved nearly 15,000 lives in 2017 in rural and metropolitan areas. However, using a seat belt on a school bus or mass transit system is typically impossible because they are not part of the common carrier equipment.
First responders often recognize at the scene of a CTA or school bus accident that injuries are significantly more devastating when the victims are not wearing a seatbelt, especially if the crash involves large trucks.
The CTA Has Its Own Investigative Team. Shouldn't You?
The CTA employs a team of experienced attorneys to limit the impact it must face in light of personal injury lawsuits filed by victims involved in mass transit accidents. In their final report, they will provide legal representation on how to settle the claim for the least amount of compensation. We help our clients get the payment they deserve.
If you suffered injuries in a CTA bus accident, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to schedule a free consultation. Speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options. Let us evaluate and build your case.
With our years of experience, our accomplished CTA bus accident attorneys know what to expect from the Chicago Transit Authority's defense. We also have access to resources and professionals to gather sufficient evidence, reconstruct your accident, and prove who was at fault.
Our experts can determine the time of the crash, property damage, and the value of your claim. Should we be unable to collect money on your behalf, all resources and time we have invested will be at no cost to you. For additional information on a tour bus crash, bus crashes, and fatal crashes involving a charter bus, school bus, state troopers, large trucks, and the fire department, look here.