Government buses transport prisoners, guards and correction officers to the county courthouses, jails and other prison systems nearly every day across the country. Like any other vehicle on the road, prison buses are susceptible to collisions for various reasons including operator negligence, weather conditions, dangerous streets and the negligence of other motorists sharing the roadway. The size and weight of a bus involved in a prison bus accident often leave victims with catastrophic injuries or death.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents prisoners, jail personnel and other motorists injured in prison bus accidents on Illinois roads. Our Chicago injury law firm has experience litigating Illinois bus accident cases across the state and is ready to serve you. Particularly for more significant collisions, it is imperative to begin an investigation as soon as feasible so evidence may be gathered and witness statements can be secure. Contact our office for a free case review of your Illinois prison bus accident injury case.
Prison bus accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of those include:
- Prison bus operator negligence including distracted driving or speeding
- The negligent action of other motorists on the road
- Poor bus maintenance
- Defective prison bus equipment
- Driving the bus on faulty tires
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Poor road conditions
In many incidences, victims that are injured in a prison bus accident suffer serious harm. Common types of injuries involved crushed or broken bones, traumatic brain injury, head injury, organ damage, severed limbs, burns, cuts, and lacerations.
The bus driver, responsible government agencies, and bus manufacturers must provide a protective environment for safe transport to everyone on board, including the prisoners. Injured parties have the legal right to seek financial compensation to cover their medical bills, out of pocket expenses and other damages associated with the accident.
Who can Receive Compensation Following an Accident Involving a Prison or Jail Bus in Illinois?
Even if the prisoners on board are guilty as charged for the crimes they have committed, and are on their way to prison or jail, they likely played no part in causing the accident. In fact, federal and state authorities are duty bound to provide a standard of care under numerous civil rights statutes to every prisoner even if convicted or guilty of alleged crimes. When the transport system under the care and guidance of government agencies cause an accident, their injuries and damages can be considered the result of a cruel and unusual action.
Because of that, inmates, prison employees, other motorists, pedestrians or others involved in the accident have the legal right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim for their damages. Also, surviving family members of a loved one killed in a prison bus accident can also seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Suing the Government for Personal Injuries Related to a Bus Accident
Holding the government liable for the accident with injuries can be complicated. Federal and state tort law has limited capacity in obtaining compensation because most government agencies have a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for any individuals bringing a personal injury claim for compensation. Also, the statute of limitations for filing a suit against all government entities is significantly shorter than usual. Because of that. Many victims suffering severe injuries in a prison bus accident will hire an Illinois bus accident attorney to handle every aspect of the case.
Hiring an Attorney Who is Willing to Fight for Your Legal Rights in a Prison Bus Crash
Litigating a prison bus accident case can be a challenging process. It often requires the need to hire expert legal representation, where the law firm has years of experience in litigating government entity claims. Also, the lawyer must also use proven methods to determine the liability of additional third parties that might also be at fault for the accident including bus manufacturers, parts manufacturers, roadway maintenance crews and others.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in Illinois bus accidents including those owned and operated by the prison system. We assist victims in seeking economic and noneconomic recovery for all damages and losses including past and future medical bills, loss of benefits or wages, recompense for physical impairment and disfigurement, and money to cover pain and suffering.
We offer an initial consultation free of charge to evaluate your case. We fight aggressively in providing legal representation to every client. Our attorneys welcome questions and can provide a variety of legal options on how to pursue maximum compensation from all parties at fault including the prison system.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered injuries in a bus accident involving the prison system we encourage you to call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC office at (888) 424-5757 today. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis to provide immediate legal representation without the need of paying any upfront fees. We can build a strong case for you to ensure you receive maximum compensation.