Whether its buses, trains, airplanes, taxi, subways, and ferries, the public relies on various services to commute for work and pleasure. Public transportation services help reduce traffic congestion and significantly cut down travel time.
Unfortunately, public transportation services, such as trains and buses, are also capable of inflicting severe damage in an accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident, you might be eligible to pursue compensation for damages. Contact Kasan Law’s bus injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
Due to the complexity and various factors involved with bus accidents, it is crucial to determine the party responsible for the victim’s injuries and the cause of the bus accident. While there are many different reasons bus accidents occur, some common causes are:
When bus accidents occur, the bus driver, the company that hired and trained the driver, or another entity might be liable for the injuries. Also, another vehicle or driver might be responsible for causing the bus accident that resulted in injuries.
After a bus accident, possible claimants may include passengers or individuals on the bus, occupants of the vehicle that collided with the bus, employees, pedestrians, bicyclists, and victims’ family members.
Our Chicago and Illinois bus accident lawyers represent clients in a variety of bus accident claims, including:
If you or someone you loved was involved in a bus accident, contact Kasan Law’s bus accident attorneys for a free consultation.
Any organization that offers paid transportation services to the public is a common carrier. A few examples of common carriers include CTA, Pace, Metra, railroad companies, commercial airlines, tour bus companies, and taxi companies. While they cannot guarantee that passengers are always safe, common carriers are generally held to a higher standard of care to avoid injuries to passengers than matters involving traditional negligence. A common carrier owes its passengers the duty to use the highest degree of care consistent with the type of vehicle used in the practical operation of its business.
Depending on the type of bus involved, an injured bus accident victim may face various legal complications in the pursuit of compensation. Determining who is liable in a bus accident can be complicated because multiple parties could be held responsible, such as:
If injuries occurred while using public transportation, the fact that governmental or quasi-governmental agencies control some modes of bus transportation could further complicate the claim. In Illinois, there are specific laws that require strict compliance to proceed with a lawsuit or claim against any governmental or quasi-governmental agencies.
Unlike claims against a private party, many bus accidents involve government and state agencies, such as:
Many federal, state and local agencies have specific laws that apply to them and set-forth particular requirements which must be complied with before filing a lawsuit or claim. In some cases, the federal and state agency might be protected by a shorter statute of limitations, which require the lawsuit or claim to be filed sooner than an ordinary injury case against a private party. Additionally, the governmental or quasi-governmental agencies might be afforded immunity and protected from civil liability for certain acts. If you fail to comply with these regulations, the claim or lawsuit can be dismissed and prohibit recovering any damages for the injuries.
Buses are capable of causing severe damages and can result in devastating injuries. Bus accident victims can sustain many types of injuries, such as:
If you can establish a valid bus accident claim, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:
At Kasan Law, we take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any legal fees unless we get you compensation for your case. Our consultations are free and carry no obligations.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact our Chicago and Illinois bus and public transportation injury attorneys to schedule your free consultation by calling (312) 300-6724, e-mailing us at [email protected], or schedule your consultation online.