People living in and around Chicago frequently rely on public transportation for their travels for work, errands, and leisure. Thousands ride public transportation in the Chicago area every day, and these patrons have a legal right to safety as paying customers of these modes of transportation. Whether riding on the CTA, Metra, Amtrak, or Pace, commuters deserve to be protected from dangers, which means that the transportation providers should have proper safeguards and policies in place. Operators must also use their utmost caution and focus when operating these vehicles. When a company or employee fails in this duty, they run the risk of impacting a significant number of people at one time and putting them in danger of personal injuries or death.
According to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, a Pace bus and two cars collided in Will County near Lockport. As a result of this crash, one person died and three others were injured. According to the Lockport Fire Department, a Kia that was headed eastbound crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a Pace bus, then struck another vehicle. The driver of the Kia later died from accident related injuries. A man trapped inside the other vehicle was critically injured. As for the Pace bus, the driver and a passenger needed medical attention for personal injuries. The Romeoville police are still investigating this crash.
Although it does not sounds like the Pace driver is to blame for contributory negligence in this motor vehicle accident, our attorneys stress the importance of driver safety because our area is a major hub for all types of public transportation. A passenger should be able to trust that a bus driver or train operator will be focused, attentive, well-rested, and safe drivers and that the bus itself is in good working condition. Where a driver and the company fail in these aspects and cause a bus accident, they can be held liable for negligence.
Our attorneys handle many types of accident cases for those who have suffered personal injuries as a result of negligence on a bus or other types of public transportation. Busses should be a reliable and safe mode of transportation, and passengers should be able to ride without apprehension of injury or danger. If you or a loved one has been injured due to bus driver negligence or if another motorist collided with the bus in which you were riding, you may be able to hold the wrongdoer liable and receive compensation for the harms caused to you. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we may be able to assist you with your case.