Bus Accidents

Have you suffered an injury due to a bus? A Chicago injury lawyer is just a call away to assist you and may be able to obtain a settlement for you. Call (312)676-7222 to talk to an injury attorney today regarding your bus accident.

In a large city like Chicago, buses are one of the most common forms of transportation. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) operate hundreds of buses daily, and Pace buses run throughout Chicago and its suburbs. Thousands of children ride on school buses each day. In addition, many commercial bus lines, including Greyhound , Megabus and CoachUSA operate tour buses all around Chicagoland.

With so many buses operating daily, accidents do happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , more than 600 buses were involved in traffic accidents in Illinois in 2007. Through our extensive experience representing bus accident victims, we have seen the causes of accidents range from inadequate bus driver training to improper bus maintenance.

Bus accident injuries can be severe because buses typically are not equipped with safety belts. Passenger injuries can include head trauma, internal bleeding or paralysis. What does the law say about bus accidents and transportation liability?

People injured in bus accidents can sue the driver and/or the commercial bus company for damages including pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of income, disability and disfigurement. Under most state laws, common carriers have a higher level of responsibility to drive with care and protect the passengers and other vehicles sharing the road.

Liability can be more difficult to establish in cases where a bus is owned by a government authority on the basis of “governmental immunity.” These governmental immunity laws can be complicated, so it is important to have an experienced bus accident lawyer on your side to protect your rights when you have suffered an injury.

How do you know if you qualify for a bus accident lawsuit?

You may file a transportation negligence claim if you were injured in a bus accident that was the result of the negligent actions of a bus driver or bus company. Family members of deceased victims of bus accidents also may be able to file a wrongful death claim. It is important to keep in mind that there may be a statute of limitations for filing a claim for the injuries sustained as a result of a bus accident. This means that in some cases, if you do not file a claim within a certain time period after the accident, you permanently waive your right to seek financial compensation.

There are many hurdles to jump when dealing with a bus company, government entity or common carrier insurance company. Only an experienced bus accident lawyer can be trusted to act quickly on your behalf to file the required notices and preserve your claim for injury against the responsible party.  Jeff Kroll has garnered million-dollar verdicts in his representation of victims of Greyhound and CTA bus accidents, and will use that experience to make sure you are treated fairly.

Contact us at (312) 676-7222, or fill out the contact form to set up a personal consultation to discuss your personal injury.

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