It comes as 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. Regardless of the intent of CTA employees, it is still the responsibility of the CTA to provide compensation if any of its passengers are hurt due to negligence or recklessness.
When it comes to CTA bus accidents, there are many hurdles an injured person must cross to receive compensation from this municipal entity. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is familiar with the procedural requirements necessary to obtain monetary recompense from the CTA for injuries sustained as a passenger, pedestrian or motorist. Contact our office for a free case review with an attorney who has experience with CTA bus accident cases.
CTA Volume Increases Likelihood of Accidents
The CTA owns and operates nearly 1,800 buses, and by servicing so many passengers, it is 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 has placed extensive resources into obtaining a strong legal team whose sole purpose is to mitigate the financial impact of any injuries or property damage that results from incidents involving CTA vehicles. This makes it far more difficult for victims to receive fair compensation if they are not also represented by experienced and knowledgeable attorneys themselves.
Types of CTA Bus Accident Cases
There are many factors to consider whenever evaluating an accident case to determine cause and fault and 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 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 and the state of the driver at the time of a crash must be evaluated when evaluating fault.
- Collisions with other vehicles— the passengers of CTA buses are not the sole victims of accidents, and other motorists are at risk of enduring devastating injuries when involved in crashes with large motorcoaches, even if the collisions occur at low speeds.
- 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.
The CTA Has It's Own Investigative Team. Shouldn't You?
The CTA employs a team of experienced and calculating attorneys to limit the impact it must face in light of personal injury lawsuits filed by victims involved in accidents involving its buses and trains. If you suffered injuries in a CTA bus accident, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options and to schedule a free consultation so that we may evaluate and build your case.
Our reputable and accomplished CTA bus accident attorneys know what to expect from the CTA’s defense and have access to resources and professionals who will be able to reconstruct your accident and prove fault so that you have the best chance possible of recovering damages. Should we be unable to collect money on your behalf, all resources and time we have invested will be at no cost to you.