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Englewood CTA Bus Accidents Remind Us That Bus Collisions Do Occur

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school bus accidents, Waukegan personal injury attorney, school-transportation crashes, public transit accidentsIn the span of one week, two Englewood bus accidents have reminded Chicagoans of the reality of public transit accidents. On Saturday, March 3, a negligent driver collided with a CTA bus early in the morning, and suffered fatal injuries. Less than one week later, six CTA bus passengers suffered injuries in another Englewood collision, as a white SUV collided with the Englewood bus on Wednesday, March 7. The collision directed the passenger bus into a tree before ultimately forcing the bus off the road and then colliding with a CTA bus stop shelter.

While the two instances were unrelated, the accidents serve as a reminder that bus collisions occur more regularly than many of us would assume. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, upwards of a 1,000 motor coach accidents occurred between the five year span between 2005 and 2010. In those accidents, over 500 passengers suffered injuries that required hospitalization, and just under 10 percent proved fatal.

If you or a loved one are injured in a passenger bus accident, you may have a number of legal avenues to pursue. Please contact our experienced Waukegan personal injury team today.

School Bus Accidents

The recent Englewood bus accidents were both stirring and tragic, and nothing gives parents nightmares like the fear of a school bus accident. Unfortunately, school bus accidents continue to occur at an alarmingly high rate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that roughly 134 people suffer fatal injuries in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. All in all, more than 1,300 people have suffered fatal injuries in school-transportation crashes since 2003. Much like the recent CTA bus accidents, the vast majority of school bus accidents involve at least one other vehicle. According to the NHTSA, head on collisions account for just under half of all fatal school-transportation crashes.

Legal Options

If you or a member of your family are involved in a bus accident, the transportation company may be liable. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our team of experienced personal injury attorneys are experienced in bus collision suits. Therefore, in the aftermath of an accident, we can provide invaluable advice and support. With experience in the legal persecution of unprofessional, inattentive, or reckless driving, to incomplete driver training and improper vehicle maintenance, our team is dedicated to identifying the reasons behind your injuries, while exploring your legal options. For more information, contact our Waukegan personal injury attorney team today.






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