Every day thousands of people in Chicago rely on public transportation to travel to work, school, and other daily activities. These passengers should be able to trust that the vehicle in which they ride is fully operational and safe and that their driver will be diligent in obeying the rules of the road and not cause them injury. However, it is all too common that injuries occur to those riding public transportation, either on the bus or train. Oftentimes, these injuries could have been prevented with exercise of the needed care and caution of the company or employee.
An article in the Cook County Record recently reported on a lawsuit filed on behalf of a CTA bus passenger. The passenger filed suit in the Cook County Circuit Court against the Chicago Transit Authority citing negligence. The plaintiff claims she was injured aboard a CTA bus near State & 87th Street when the bus accelerated suddenly. As a result of the abrupt speeding up, the passenger fell and hit a pole. Now, she seeks over $50,000 in damages, plus court costs.
Illinois, and in particular the city of Chicago, is a major hub for bus transportation. Our city roads and highways are always filled with school buses, CTA buses, or charter buses on the way to a city tourist spot. Regardless of the type of bus though, passengers ought to be able to rely on buses as a safe mode of transportation. That means that the passenger should be able to trust that the driver is properly-licensed and in an attentive, well-rested, and functional state to drive. It is the duty of the employee to protect the safety of passengers, and the duty of the employer company to hire drivers best suited for the job and ensuring this safety. Furthermore, companies also need to provide buses that are operational, inspected, and in proper working order. Where a company and employee fail in these regards and cause injury to passengers, they can be held liable for negligence in a lawsuit.
Our attorneys further understand that due to the large size of buses, injuries can be very serious. Injured victims can obtain life-altering personal injuries that may inhibit their ability to work and earn a living. The permanent disabilities can be devastating and forever change victims’ lives. For that reason, it is important that victims defend their rights in a personal injury suit and obtain the compensation they deserve for hardship, injuries, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Our law firm empathizes with injured victims and is experienced with the intricacies of personal injury lawsuits. For over 20 years, our lawyers have sought justice for injured plaintiffs and obtain fair and just verdicts and settlements on their behalf. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, call our law firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your potential case.