When a large, heavy vehicle such as a bus is not operated safely, it can cause devastating injuries to passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. While you may assume that the carrier will take care of you if you are injured in an accident, in many cases that does not happen without a lawyer's help. Insurance companies may deny responsibility entirely or look for ways to minimize your claim.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our lawyers represent victims of all types of transportation accidents, including bus and train accidents. Our attorneys have obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for our clients, including $6 million for a man who suffered a brain injury after the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended by a bus. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Responsibilities of Common Carriers
Common carriers such as the Chicago Transit Authority and buses that provide transportation to casinos and sporting events have a high level of responsibility toward the safety of passengers. For example, the bus line is required to hire qualified drivers and maintain safety equipment on buses such as tires and brakes.
Unfortunately, many bus lines take shortcuts both in hiring and in bus maintenance. When an accident occurs or a bus line is shut down due to safety violations, some bus lines close their doors only to reopen under a different name. While bus operators are required to carry substantial insurance policies, there may not be enough coverage if many passengers are injured. For this reason and others, it's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Contact an Illinois Mass Transit Injury Attorney
There is never a charge to discuss your case with a Chicago bus accident attorney. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-324-0409 (800-787-5431 toll free) or send us an e-mail. Se habla español.