A wrong-way driver collided into a CTA bus on February 7, 2020, that resulted in 15 people suffering injuries, including one who was said to have been in critical condition [Source: Chicago Tribune]. The driver who initiated the crash was driving a Honda minivan at the time and was traveling north on North Lorel Avenue. The minivan driver struck the CTA bus that was heading west as it approached the intersection in the 5300 block of West Chicago Avenue.
Chicago police say the driver neglected to stick around after the accident, and instead, abandoned their vehicle, which is against the law in the State of Illinois. Under Illinois law, drivers are required to remain at the scene of a crash to exchange information with those involved, especially when the crash resulted in property damage, injuries to another, or death.
While 15 people were transported to the hospital for the injuries they suffered, all were expected to survive their injuries, according to Chicago police.
Involved in a CTA bus accident and not sure what to do?
While city buses are considered to be a “relatively safe (low crash risk) and secure (low crime risk) transport mode,” according to Todd Litman’s “A New Transit Safety Narrative,” we can’t account for the behavior of other drivers. The incident described above is a prime example of this. While a large number of accidents involving city buses occur on account of another driver’s negligent behavior, there are also times when the city bus driver is responsible for causing an accident.
If you were involved in a bus accident in Chicago, IL and you are seeking answers to some of the legal questions you have, you can always contact Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. to speak with an experienced Chicago, IL bus accident attorney. Some of the more common questions that are often asked following the occurrence of a bus crash include:
What should I do if I suffered injuries?
Should I file an insurance claim?
Who should pay for the medical care I now need?
Should I file a claim with the city if the bus driver caused the accident?
Do I have a valid case against the at-fault party?
Should I file a personal injury lawsuit?
Who pays for injuries in the case of a hit-and-run accident?
If you have asked yourself any of these questions, perhaps it’s time you schedule a consultation with a bus accident lawyer in Chicago, IL. Many bus accident victims have been successful at recovering the money they need to cover the medical expenses associated with their injuries, lost income, pain and suffering and more when they have retained a lawyer to assist with their case.