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Liability Issues in Mass Transit Bus Accidents

Written by Ankin Law Office

There have been a number of high profile mass transit bus accidents in the news in recent months. Mass transit buses are used by commuters and travelers throughout the country. In large metropolitan areas, like Chicago, mass transit buses are the primary mode of transportation for many. Within the Chicago area, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has 1,781 buses that operate over 140 routes and 1,959 route miles, with CTA buses running approximately 19,709 trips a day and serving 11,493 posted bus stops.

Causes of Mass Transit Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including defective parts, road hazards, inadequate maintenance, poor driver training, and inattentive or inexperienced driving. Like large trucks, buses have several driving impediments that can lead to multiple vehicle accidents between the bus and other motor vehicles. Buses have significant blind spots and poor turning ability. In addition, they make frequent stops by swerving in and out of traffic, which can cause significant driving hazards for other motor vehicles on the road.

Legal Rights Following a Mass Transit Bus Accident

If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for any injuries and damages sustained in the accident. Depending on the circumstances involved in the bus accident, you may be able to recover for the following in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Long-term care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Social security disability
  • Punitive damages
  • Wrongful death compensation

Other Types of Mass Transit Accidents

Buses aren’t the only mode of mass transit that can have disastrous accidents. Trains are used by many people to commute to work or to travel to different parts of the country. For instance, Chicago’s CTA train service includes 1,200 rail cars operating over eight routes and 224.1 miles of track. According to the CTA, its trains make about 2,145 trips each day and serve 143 stations.  Outside of the city limits of Chicago, Metra serves approximately 301,200 riders each weekday and 121,800 riders on weekend days.

Train accidents can be catastrophic events that result in many serious injuries and even deaths.  Train accidents occur for a number of reasons including train derailments, defective equipment, collisions with other trains, railroad crossing accidents, collisions with cars or trucks, collisions with pedestrians, and inexperienced train operators and employees.

If you have been injured in a mass transit bus or train accident, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago bus accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation.