Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you with your Illinois bus accident case by guaranteeing you receive the following:
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that bus accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, property damage, and death. If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a bus accident, our team of attorneys will focus on recovering your damages to ensure your family receives the financial compensation you deserve.
The Experience to Succeed
If you choose to let us represent you in your bus accident case, the biggest thing we can offer you is our significant history representing similar plaintiffs. We can use all that knowledge to direct your case quickly and efficiently to a settlement or a jury award if it goes to trial. From the first day, our attorneys will build a plan of attack to maximize your recovery containing instructions on everything you should do, say, and gather.
Winning a bus crash lawsuit can be challenging because many factors decide who is at fault when the accident occurs. Usually, public transportation vehicles including mass transit buses are owned, managed, or operated by the government. These lawsuits are resolved under “government immunity” laws that usually exempt the municipality, county, or state from being held legally liable for an accident involving a traffic violation.
Filing a lawsuit against a company operating privately owned buses are handled differently than and cases filed against the government. Private bus companies are required to carry multimillion-dollar liability coverage to ensure there is sufficient insurance to pay for all costs associated with an accident. Our lawyers accept bus accident claims to negotiate an acceptable settlement or take the case to trial. Our experience usually results in a quick resolution because:
- Defense attorneys have faced us before in open court and lost.
- We have handled hundreds of truck, car, and bus accidents in Illinois and other states.
- Our record-breaking settlements and jury verdicts confirm the fact that we fight aggressively to protect the rights of bus accident victims who have been injured or killed.
Do I Have a Case?
Our lawyers handle bus accident cases for bus passengers, bicycles, pedestrians, and other motorists sharing the roadway with the bus. We will review the evidence in your case and the unique facts involved in your claim to determine if you can file a lawsuit for compensation.
A review of the evidence in your case will likely reveal the cause of the crash that could be associated with:
- Driver distraction
- Bus driver fatigue
- Driver error
- Failure to exercise caution while traveling on roads, freeways, and parking lots
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Making a sharp turn when transporting standing passengers
- Aggressive driving
- Jumping occurs while turning
- Operating the bus while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or another substance
- Insufficient driver training and a lack of driving and maintenance policies
- Reckless driving due to overloaded buses
- Sudden, unexpected braking
- Quick acceleration to avoid a light changing to red
- Closing the bus door when passengers are entering or exiting the bus
- A failure to perform required inspections
- A lack of bus maintenance causing a mechanical failure
- A failure to maintain a safe distance between the bus and vehicles ahead
- Unrealistic bus schedules that lead to speeding
- Pressuring the bus operator to drive long hours
- Improper hiring practices
Buses That Operate in Illinois
Hundreds of millions of bus riders in Illinois use public transportation and private buses every year. Some of the systems include:
- ABC Transportation Services – Charter Bus Rental
- AM Bus Company
- Aries Charter Transportation
- Cavallo Bus Lines
- Charter Bus America (Des Moines)
- Chicago Charter Bus Company
- Chicago Motor Coach
- CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)
- Decatur Public Transit System
- GOGO charter bus rental (Chicago/Joliet)
- Illinois Central School Bus
- Illinois Charter
- Illinois School Transportation Association
- Johannes Bus Services
- Luxury Charter Bus Rental (Aurora)
- MetroLINK (Moline)
- Metropolitan Shuttle (Chicago)
- North Shore Transit (Chicagoland)
- Pace Bus
- Peoria Charter
- RichLee Vans
- Royal Excursion Charter Bus
- Safe Travel Charters (Chicagoland)
- Southwestern Illinois Bus Company
- Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD)
- US Coachways (Illinois Charter Bus Rentals)
- Wiersema Charter Service (Morrison)
- Westway Coach – Villa Park
- WinStar Lines
A School Bus Crash
We cherish our children, and the thought of them being involved in a school bus collision can be frightening. Imagining their bodies were falling from their seats during a crash is unthinkable. Unfortunately, most school buses in America are not equipped with seatbelts to strap in our children safely on their way to and from school, sporting events, and other extracurricular field trips away from their classrooms.
Nearly any collision involving a school bus can be catastrophic when children are seriously injured or killed. The laws involving school bus accidents can immunize the school board district or county from a lawsuit. However, there are others that might be legally liable for the collision including the bus driver, maintenance department, roadway crews, bus manufacturer, and equipment maker.
Long-Distance Bus Crash
Greyhound and other nationwide bus systems operate as interstate commercial carriers transporting passengers to distant locations across America's highways. Many passengers board these vehicles believing that they are safe because the company and driver follows the rules of the road and federal laws. Unfortunately, any accident involving an interstate commercial bus can produce devastating injuries and wrongful death when the driver crashes inot other vehicles, overturns the bus, or faces dangerous inclement weather and slippery roads.
Many passengers freely move around the interior of the bus while it is moving and can suffer an injury if the bus driver quickly changes the lane, makes an unexpected turn, or slams on the brakes. Many Greyhound bus accidents are the result of a driver mistake or erratic passenger behavior, tire blowout, mechanical failure, or speeding when the operator is attempting to maintain an unrealistic schedule.
Holding Those Responsible Financially Accountable
When we build your case, it is crucial to ensure that we assign fault correctly. After careful review of the evidence and facts in your case, we will build your lawsuit to hold every party at fault financially accountable for your injuries, damages, and losses. In many bus accident cases, there are multiple responsible parties that include:
- The bus driver;
- The bus management company;
- The company that owns the bus like Megabus or Greyhound;
- Vacation bus tour companies;
- The bus manufacturer and other companies that make or assemble bus equipment;
- Other negligent motorists;
- Road maintenance crews;
- Government entities if the crash involved public transportation or a school bus.
Nearly all privately operated or charter buses are owned by large companies who have an enormous fleet of vehicles that are usually maintained by the parent corporation. Their lack of training or improper hiring practices might have resulted in a driver who is not prepared to handle every problem that arose on the roadway. Poorly maintained buses could also create a serious problem if the driver was operating a malfunctioning vehicle or broke the rules that created a situation the led to your injury. The road could have been damaged, or another motorist could have crossed the path of your bus that led to a sudden stop and unavoidable collision.
Our in-house investigators may determine that there were other potential causes that led to the collision. These contributing factors could involve mechanical issues, improper maintenance, a failure of the company and driver to follow the rules and regulations or environmental conditions, and roadway hazards.
Ensuring You Receive Proper Medical Care
If you are involved in a bus accident, it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately. In fact, you should call for EMT (emergency medical technicians) services as soon as the collision occurs. When the ambulance arrives, it is crucial to ask to be transported to the local area emergency room, even if you believe your injuries are only minor. You had just undergone a catastrophic accident, and your adrenaline is raging to your bloodstream, which could hide the extent of your injuries and the pain you will be feeling once your fight or flight hormones have settled.
The sheer weight and size of the bus and the lack of a safety restraint when a crash occurs typically causes catastrophic injuries to passengers, pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycle riders, and other sharing the road. The most common injuries occurring in a bus crash include:
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal cord trauma
- Strains and sprains of the back and neck
- Lacerations and cuts
- Fractures and bone breaks
- Dislocated bones
- Wrongful death
What is my Case Worth?
The evidence and facts involving the crash are unique for your case, which can make it challenging to determine the actual value of your lawsuit. Additionally, a large commercial bus can accommodate up to 60 people or more who might all have been injured in the collision. Filing a claim for compensation with other injured claimants might dramatically reduce the amount of compensation you can receive based on the bus company's insurance liability policy. The total amount of compensation available to all victims might be divided up between the plaintiffs, and might not be split appropriately based on each victim's damages.
Our attorneys will ensure you receive sufficient compensation that would include recovery of your:
- Personal Injury Damages – This part of the recovery includes:
- Hospitalization costs
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages due to time away from work
- The loss of future earnings due to your temporary or permanent disability
- The cost of rehabilitation, therapy, and additional surgeries
- Mental anguish
- Pain and Suffering
- The emotional distress caused by your disability
- Survival Damages – This part of the financial recovery includes:
- Medical expenses incurred before your loved one passed away
- Funeral bills and burial expenses
- Financial compensation to provide emotional support over the death
- Exemplary damages (punitive damages) to punish the defendants because of a fraudulent, present, violent, malicious, wanton act, or for their gross recklessness
- Wrongful Death Damages – This part of the monetary recovery after losing a loved one in a bus accident includes:
- The loss of financial support
- The loss of society
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Loss of parental care and services
- Loss of spousal care and services
- Loss of child services
- The cost of psychological therapy when dealing with the traumatic loss of a loved one
Access When it Counts
As a victim of a traumatic bus accident; you have the legal right to file a case for compensation against any individual responsible for your damages. However, resolving a complicated bus accident case can be challenging. Because of that, many victims will hire a personal injury attorney specialized in accident cases.
Working with us offers significant advantages because we guarantee constant access to our experienced group of attorneys. Communication is crucial because knowledge will empower you to resolve your case successfully. At every stage of a lawsuit, you need to know what is happening. Our attorneys will make sure you are well informed throughout the entire process until your cases resolved. We invest all resources necessary to ensure our clients recover their damages fully.
Hiring a Reputable Bus Accident Attorney
The commercial vehicle injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that your injuries or the death of a loved one was not your fault but caused by the reckless actions of the bus company. We have successfully obtained millions on behalf of the victims and their family members to ensure they were adequately compensated to cover their medical expenses, household bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, and emotional damage and we can help your family too.
Our legal team encourages you to contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your monetary recovery claim. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and bus accident injury claims through contingency fee arrangements. This legal contract postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully completed your case through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
Our law firm gets results quickly because we understand you need money now. We proudly offer every client a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee, meaning if we are unable to secure financial compensation on your behalf you owe us nothing. All information you share with our law office will stay confidential.
For additional information see the following pages:
- How Does Illinois Law Govern Personal Injury Claims Related To Bus Accidents?
- How Long Do I Have To Bring My Bus Accident Lawsuit?
- Illinois Bus Accident Cases
- Is Suing A Public Bus Company Any Different Than Suing A Private Bus Company?
- What Are Some Facts About Bus Accidents In Illinois?
- What Are The Primary Causes Of Bus Accidents?
- What Should I Do If I Am Injured In An Illinois Bus Accident?
- What Type Of Financial Compensation Can I Recover For Injuries Sustained In An Illinois Bus Accident?