Each day millions of people in the Chicagoland area use mass transportation systems such as the CTA, Metra, and Amtrak, to travel around our city. While public transportation may be the simplest and most efficient way to travel, accidents will inevitably occur. The Governmental agencies that are responsible for these transit operations have a responsibility to operate them safely.
The Second Largest Public Transportation System in the United States
The CTA is the second largest public transportation system in the United States. Upwards of 2000 buses operate almost 130 routes and CTA trains make over 2000 trips each day to approximately 150 stations. With such a large public transportation system comes heightened risk of injury.There are approximately 20 bus accidents and more than 2 train accidents eachmonth.
In fact, Chicago Tribune reported that CTA buses were involved in more accidents each year since 2008 than the buses in operation at our nation’s 9 other largest bus transit agencies according to the Federal Transit Administration. In 2010 over 500 people were treated at hospitals for injuries sustained in CTA bus accidents.
Were You Injured in An Accident That Occurred On Transit Property?
Not mentioned above in these statistics are accidents that occur on transit property. Accidents can also occur while walking into and out of the station or bus stop or on the platform itself. With every respect, the entities that are responsible for the operation and maintenance of these enterprises have an obligation to operate in a safe manner.
Also, each entity that operates these separate services, from CTA lines to Chicago school busses, has a specific process that must be followed in order to collect damages. Additionally individuals who were injured in an accident caused by a public transportation vehicle but were not public transportation passengers at the time have different rights than those who were passengers at the time of the accident. These small yet significant details greatly affect the way that your claim needs to be handled.
We Make Sure That Our Clients Get the Compensation They Deserve
That is why it is critical that you speak with one of our attorneys as soon as you can following an accident. Moreover, public transportation systems have immunities from specific kinds of liability and a number of technical legal hurdles must be overcome in preparation of a case. Our team knows the ins-and-outs of these transportation operations’ requirements and is prepared to fight for you. Seeking damages after a public transportation accident can be stressful and frustrating. The attorneys at Stein and Shulman, LLC have the knowledge, skills and resources to help you pursue compensation for your injuries in a timely manner.
Calling us and getting our advice is free. There is no charge for your consultation. So, if you or someone you know was injured in a bus or train related accident, or if you fell or were injured on transit operations’ property call us at (312) 422-0500 for a free consultation or fill out our free contact form online.