If you or a loved one suffered an injury or other damages as a result of an accident on Chicago public transportation, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action. Contact a CTA Accident Lawyer from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss your legal options today.
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The driver of the bus has an obligation to both its passengers and to other motorists and pedestrians. If you were hit while walking on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, the bus driver can be held liable for your damages, which can include everything from your injuries to medical bills to wages lost during your recovery.
It is important to point out that each personal injury case is different and includes different factors to determine a settlement. However, a settlement is generally decided based on the number of damages an individual suffered. Damages include, but are not limited to, injuries sustained, medical bills, wages lost during recovery, loss of consortium, future pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
As a parent, you have a legal obligation to protect your child’s rights. The most important thing is to ensure your child receives proper medical care. After treatment has been administered, contact an attorney to discuss your child’s, and yours, legal rights. If your child is under the age of 18, you can sue as the child’s guardian ad litem. However, a settlement involving a child under the age must be granted by court approval, but even then, the money must remain in an account for the child until their 18th birthday. At that time, they may decide what to do with the money as they please. The best thing you can do for your child is to discuss options with a personal injury attorney.
Critical errors can cause accidents and those actions can cause severe damage and injury, potentially even death, to passengers on public transportation. Causes of accidents involving public transportation vehicles can include, but not limited to:
In a public transportation accident, determining the liable party(s) can be a complicated process. Below are the most common party(s) involved.
Within Illinois, there are almost 60 members in the Illinois Public Transportation Association, ranging from rural areas to the biggest metropolitan area, Chicago. Public transportation is available all throughout the state, which is beneficial to many, but accidents can occur. Passengers should be aware of the risks and their legal options if involved in a public transportation accident. In Chicago, public transportation is easily accessible – either by train, bus, taxi cabs, subways, ferries, airplanes, or even school buses. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), PACE buses or METRA are all examples of different kinds of public transportation you can access while in the City.
The CTA is the second largest public transportation network in the United States, serving the City of Chicago and 40 surrounding communities by train or bus.
This is a subsidiary of the CTA, but it solely consists of bus services that connect Chicago area suburbs. It is available for the residents of the 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties.
The Metra is a high-speed commuter train that connects suburbs with the downtown area, a perfect solution for those who live outside the City, but need a simplified means of transportation that avoids traffic congestion.
While a dwindling public transportation option due to the rise in popularity of rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft, taxis can be found in populated downtown areas and the airport.
This means of public transportation connects Chicago’s top tourist attractions and is a popular transportation method for those visiting Chicago.
A common transportation method for children, school buses are not without their fair share of accidents. The CTA says it “averaged about 19 bus accidents each month in 2011."
“About Pace.” Pace Bus, Pace Bus, www.pacebus.com/sub/about/history_facts.asp.
“Chicago Transit Authority – CTA Buses & Train Service – 1-888-YOUR-CTA.” CTA, Chicago Transit Authority, www.transitchicago.com/.
“Getting Around Chicago | Trains, Parking, Taxis & Bike Sharing.” Getting Around Chicago, Choose Chicago , www.choosechicago.com/plan-your-trip/transportation/getting-around-chicago/.
“Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2017.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Mar. 2019, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/safety/data-and-statistics/452366/ltcbf-2017-early-release-3-13-2019.pdf.
“Metropolitan Transit Authority Act.” 70 ILCS 3605/ Metropolitan Transit Authority Act., Illinois General Assembly, www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=982&ChapterID=15.
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