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Are Bus Accidents Common in Chicago?

Published on July 17th, 2019

Many Chicago residents rely on the bus system on a daily basis in order to get to their end destination. Because of this, it is imperative that these pedestrians stay safe every time they ride. Unfortunately, buses can sometimes prove dangerous and different scenarios may result in a variety of accidents, both minor and major.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) takes certain safety measures to make sure passengers are safe, accidents can still happen. At Shea Law Group, our team understands just how damaging bus accidents can be to not only the individual but to the friends and family surrounding them as well. We are only a phone call away if you have been the victim of a bus accident in Chicago. 

Different Types of Bus Accidents

It is important that passengers are aware of the potential dangers that the bus system presents in order to stay safe while traveling. Slip and fall accidents are common due to the commotion that takes place while getting on or off a bus. While the bus is in motion, there may be sudden stops that could result in physical injury for any passenger aboard. It is especially dangerous during common commuting times, such as in the morning or after work during the workweek. Always be mindful when getting on and off the bus and know that it is not worth sustaining an injury to get home one bus earlier.

Causes of Bus Accident

The following may cause a bus accident:

  • Driver distraction or negligence: From long service hours to speeding, turning and passing, bus drivers can put their passengers in danger. Other reasons may be due to a bus driver being poorly trained or just a bad driver. When drivers are distracted with texting, taking phone calls, or even ignorance of their surroundings, an accident may take place.
  • Road conditions due to weather or construction problems: Inclement weather or poor road conditions can lead to an accident if a driver isn’t well-prepared. Hazardous weather with the bus’s weight and inability to make quick maneuvers around situations can cause a wreck.
  • Lack of vehicle stability: If a bus isn’t maintained properly or faulty equipment was installed, accidents may happen that could have been avoided. It’s important that the CTA is aware of the vehicle’s repair history and checks for gaps, errors, or oversights.

How Shea Law Group Can Help You

Our team works with individuals to help them obtain proper compensation if they have been involved in a bus accident. Losses and injuries in all types of accidents and incidents are something we have experience in, and we thoroughly investigate each case. We determine who is at fault and assess all damages to make sure that our clients receive the appropriate compensation for their overwhelming and scary experience, so contact us today to discuss your case with us.

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