Mega Bus Accident Lawyer: Chicago, Illinois
On Monday, April 13, 2015, a Mega Bus that departed from Chicago collided with a semi-truck in Indiana, injuring nineteen passengers on board. Thankfully, none of the injuries involving the driver and passengers were critical or fatal.
However, this commercial bus accident placed the company under intense scrutiny because it was the fourth accident involving a Mega Bus between October 2014 and April 2015 to occur in Indiana alone.
Stressed and tired drivers, inadequate maintenance schedules, or defective bus designs might contribute to factors that have increased the rate of accidents involving large buses. However, bus companies are responsible for ensuring safe traveling for each passenger using their services.
A Chicago Mega Bus Crash Attorney can Help
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to protecting the rights of passengers injured in Mega bus accidents in Illinois. Our law firm represents injured people exclusively. We have experience investigating and litigating bus accident cases in and around Chicago.
If you need an attorney following a Mega bus accident, complete our online form, and an attorney will be in contact with you for a free case consultation. Our attorneys currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, and Schaumburg.
Mega Bus Accident FAQs
Is Mega Bus Dangerous?
Traveling by bus coaches is relatively less safe than traveling by other public transportation, including CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). However, passengers are less likely to suffer severe injuries or kill while traveling on a Mega bus than a car or light truck.
Is Mega Bus Sketchy?
The Mega bus company operates a low-cost non-luxurious traveling option throughout the United States. While the trip might not be extravagant, and the traffic irritatingly slow, it is not a sketchy alternative to using Amtrak, Greyhound, or personal vehicle.
Is Megabus Safer than Greyhound?
The double-decker bus company offers the same driving experience as Greyhound at a lower price. Both companies provide a comfortable, seemingly safe seat to hundreds of destinations across the United States.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highly Safety (IIHS), both Greyhound and Mega buses offer a safe and convenient way to travel than other driving alternatives. Most bus riders on Mega bus coaches tend to be younger compared to Greyhound and other charter buses.
Mega bus drivers receive training complying with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.
Is Mega Bus Really Safe?
The low-cost transportation company advertises that it is both convenient and safe. However, numerous accidents have happened in recent years, injuring, and killing passengers and others.
Statistics reveal a few dozen crashes throughout the United States involving Mega buses over the last three years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) does not currently publish the Mega bus safety rating separate from other commercial motor carriers.
How Safe are Bargain Buses?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were nearly two dozen crashes between 2015 and 2017 involving Mega bus coaches. Fortunately, during this time, there were no life-threatening injuries to passengers or drivers in other vehicles.
How Likely is a Bus Crash?
According to the NHTSA, about 60,000 crashes occur every year involving motor coaches of all kinds. Out of these, about 14,000 suffer mild to severe injuries, with approximately 300 deaths.
Discount Bus Fares might Be Representative of Corner Cutting When it Comes to Safety
A few years ago, the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced its consideration of conducting annual inspections on vehicles managed by Megabus operating carriers. For years, companies that provided curbside bus service (not including school bus operations) sidestepped many safety requirements that resulted in crashes that harmed or killed bus passengers.
Mega Bus is known for its extremely low fares. Mega bus operating carriers have faced criticism that the company might be cutting corners to keep its operating costs down. The use of poorly manufactured parts or the failure to perform regular maintenance of buses can increase the likelihood of a Megabus crash.
The double-decker Megabus' critical systems could fail and cause all types of accidents, including a tire blowout. To cut corners, the Megabus might require the bus driver to work extra hours.
The drivers might be overworked and not given an adequate amount of time to rest between shifts, which only exacerbates the chances of being involved in an Illinois bus accident.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the leading Megabus operating carrier began downsizing their weekly schedule to better manage their profits. Many routes originating in Chicago, St. Louis, and other Midwest locations were eliminated.
Types of Injuries Occurring on Mega Buses
The severity of injuries sustained by passengers on Mega Buses can vary depending upon the accidents' circumstances. Victims have reported being injured when being thrown from their seats, when windows have shattered, and by debris caused in the wreckage at the scene.
Common injuries include the following.
- Lacerations caused by glass, metal, or debris from other vehicles or contact with the ground
- Broken or shattered bones due to sudden impact with objects or from being thrown out of one's seat
- Blows cause traumatic brain injuries to the head or spine. These injuries can be as minor as a concussion or lead to more severe conditions that might not present symptoms until weeks or months after the initial injury.
- Severe injuries or infections cause amputations. These injuries are more likely when the victim is traveling in another vehicle that has been struck by the bus.
- Partial or complete paralysis from the location of an injury to the spine downward. The cost of caring for a loved one who has been paralyzed is tremendous and often places undue stress on the injured victim's family, who must not only provide constant care but find a means of paying for ongoing treatment.
In 2015, numerous plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit against Mega bus involved in a crash in southern Indiana. Megabus was listed as a defendant. Personal injury attorneys handling the lawsuit were seeking compensation for severe injuries and wrongful death.
The Rights of the Injured Due to Megabus Crashes
Were you injured in a Megabus crash caused by a bus driver or the failure of the Megabus company to maintain its vehicle correctly? If so, you are entitled to receive compensation for the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering.
Bus companies continue to place a higher priority on their bottom lines than on public safety. They should be held accountable for their negligent choices and behavior.
Hiring a Mega Bus Accident Attorney
Our personal injury lawyers will advise you of your legal rights and options. Our attorneys will gather all pertinent information required to conduct our in-house investigation. Our experts will establish whether you have a compensation claim. We have all the necessary resources to build a strong case to resolve your claim successfully.
Our legal team will work hard on your behalf to ensure you receive the monetary recovery needed to pay your accident-related expenses. If we cannot assist you or fail to recover compensation for your Illinois Megabus accident, all our services will be free of charge.
Contact our Chicago bus accident lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) 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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