The Chicago Transit Authority, known at the “CTA,” operates 1,865 buses in and around Chicago over its 128 bus routes, all part of Chicago’s large transportation system. Those large numbers, combined with the fact that the CTA services Chicago’s “L” trains as well, helps to explain how nearly 2 million public transit rides are taken each and every weekday in the greater Chicago area. The system of mass transit and the buses that run in the city provide a significant service to all those who otherwise would be forced to drive, walk, or travel by another means. Unfortunately, all these people all these moving machines means accidents…accidents and injuries.
How many people ride CTA buses?
In 2013, CTA buses saw an average ridership of 957,033 on weekdays with an annual ridership of 300.12 million. These numbers were higher than the comparable numbers for CTA’s “L” trains, emphasizing just how heavily used the bus system is in Chicago and the suburbs served by the CTA.
In most cases, a passenger board a CTA bus at a designated bus stop, pays the fare, and then picks a location on the bus to either sit or stand for the duration of trip. When that passenger’s desired destination is reached, the passenger disembarks from the bus and moves forward with her day. However, not every trip goes this smoothly as a CTA bus is involved in a traffic-related incident several times each week in the average year with many of those incidents resulting in damages.
Victims of a CTA Bus Accidents
When a bus accident involving the CTA takes place, there are several types of potential victims who may be involved. First, those who are riding the bus may be injured or otherwise harmed in the crash even though they played no role in the accident. When a collision happens, bus passengers are not restrained with seat belts or other safety devices and common safety features like air bags are not present to protect them. This can lead to significant injuries among those who are on board the bus at the time of the impact and can even prove to cause fatal harm.
But passengers on the bus are far from the only people who can be harmed when a CTA accident takes place. A driver and passengers in another vehicle, like a typical passenger car, are likely to be hurt if they are involved in the crash. When compared to a standard CTA bus, a car is much smaller, much lighter, and much more likely to sustain damage to its exterior in the event of a crash. This puts those inside the car at an increased risk of harm.
Pedestrians walking near a CTA bus and bicyclists who are riding on the road or in a marked bicycle lane can also become victims of an incident while in Chicago, and occasionally, a motorcyclist may be injured.
Legal Options for Victims of CTA Bus Accidents
After the dust settles on a collision, the first thing that crosses many victims’ minds is the realization that they will incur substantial financial harm due to their accident. From medical bills and rehabilitative expenses to missed wages and pain and suffering, the toll from collisions can be extreme and can cause not only a victim but also that victim’s family members to feel the effects.
Fortunately, those who are injured in a CTA bus accident in Chicago have the right to seek relief against those responsible for the crash, including the CTA itself in many cases. Claims can help victims recover monetarily following their accidents and can help place those who were hurt in the same position they were in prior to the impact.
But when a CTA vehicle is involved in a traffic incident, the laws are slightly more complicated than those that apply to a typical crash between two cars. Claims must be noticed within a shortened time period or the victims of those collisions may not be able to make a recovery, so acting promptly is of utmost importance.
CTA Accident Lawyers in Chicago – Abels & Annes
It is the right of every victim to consult and work with a personal injury attorney in their case so that they can be represented and their interests protected. If you have been involved in a collision with a CTA bus and you were hurt, know the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by to help you.
Our legal team has worked on countless accidents involving the CTA over the years and we have fought for the best possible outcome for our clients in each case. If we represent you for the injuries you sustained in your accident, we will do the same and we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 where one of our licensed lawyers will offer you a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation. If you prefer, contact us online to discuss your claim.
CTA second image courtesy of Dschwen