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Lake County Accident Lawyer

On January 23, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus crashed into a pole on Chicago Avenue, resulting in injuries to 15 people, including 13 bus passengers. The accident occurred when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle due to ice on the road and veered into oncoming traffic. In an attempt to avoid a collision with any other vehicles, the driver rapidly changed direction and ultimately collided with a street pole. While no passengers were killed in the accident, injuries to the 13 riders were severe enough to require hospitalization. For users of Chicago-area public transit, the collision served as a stirring reminder that accidents do occur while riding on public transportation

Bus Accidents in the United States

While the vast majority of Americans believe they are entirely safe while utilizing public transportation, bus accidents are actually quite common in the U.S. According to studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), around 225 Americans were killed in bus accidents in 2016. In the 10-year span from 2006-16, intercity transit bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus accidents across the country. 

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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.

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