Some people think that in the event of a bus accident, serious injuries are not likely because the large size and mass of a bus means that it is more able to withstand a crash than a smaller vehicle would be. But in fact, every year in Chicago, hundreds of people are injured in bus accident and many serious injuries result. Some of these injuries last a lifetime and some can even be fatal.
Bus accidents often involve negligence on the part of one or more individuals involved in the crash, whether it is the owner of a bus, the driver of the bus, the driver of another vehicle, or even someone outside of the bus that causes an accident. Where negligence or recklessness is responsible for a collision, those hurt in the crash may be entitled to legal relief for their damages. Personal injury lawyers who handle bus accident cases on behalf of victims may be able to tell you whether you have a valid claim for your damages and whether you are entitled to relief.
One thing that often holds true in the event of a bus accident is that the number of injured victims often is high. When compared to a crash involving only two passenger vehicles, the number of potential people involved in an accident is much higher when a bus is involved. Depending on the size of the bus, dozens of passengers can be on board at a time, and all of them have the potential for sustaining injuries.
Police in Chicago were called to the scene of a bus accident on Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Madison Street. At this time, it appears that a van in the area failed to stop at a red light and slid through the intersection, colliding with the side of a CTA bus. Emergency crews responded and evaluated 12 people who reported injuries in the crash but only nine of them were transported to area hospitals; the other three refused further medical treatment. Though the individual conditions of the victims are not presently known, it did not appear that anyone sustained serious or life-threatening injuries and all were expected to recover.
If you have been involved in an accident with a bus or while riding on a bus in Chicago and you suffered injuries, the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. want to help you. We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 to take your call. We offer a free case consultation to all accident victims and we provide it without any obligation on your part.
Your injuries may entitle you to financial relief separate and distinct from any traffic or criminal charges brought by the State of Illinois. But to make sure your rights are protected, you must bring your claim within a period of time specified by the law. If you have been injured, do not wait to see if an insurance company will do the right thing. Call us today and let us help you understand your legal rights and your legal options.
Prior Blog Entry:
Suspected Drunk Driver Blamed for Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Des Plaines, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published April 10, 2014.
No serious injuries in West Side bus crash, Chicago Tribune, published April 15, 2014.