Northern Illinois is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive mass transit networks in the entire country. Every day, more than 1.5 million people ride Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains, in addition to the thousands more who ride Metra trains, Amtrak trains and Pace buses. For many, life without mass transit would be difficult.
When taking on that responsibility to transport so many people, comes the high legal duty of keep their customers and the public safe. This includes making sure the busses and trains are maintained property, the tracks are safe, hiring qualified bus and train operators that are trained properly and making sure all safety rules and regulations are enforced day in and day out. Unfortunately, some patrons of those mass transport companies or agencies become victims to accidents when the CTA, Metra and Amtrak fail to take the appropriate level of care under the circumstances. The effects of those accidents can be devastating. At Pullano & Siporin, our team of legal professionals understand the challenges facing accident victims, particularly those hurt in bus or rapid-transit train accidents. We are dedicated to helping injured victims maximize the compensation they get for their losses.
Our legal team has decades of combined experience in personal injury law, including a history of record-breaking victories. Our services include cases involving:
Causes for mass transit accidents vary based on the form of transit. Many times crashes can be linked to the bus driver or train operator simply being too tired, not paying proper attention, forgetting that the public is relying on them to drive their large bus and train to their intended destination in a safe manner. Accidents may also occur as a result of negligent maintenance or poor infrastructure, including train tracks that were not properly maintained that lead to train derailments. Other crashes can be traced directly to insufficient training of drivers by the company.
Mass transit buses and trains do not have safety features like seat belts and air bags that can minimize potential injuries to passengers. This means when accidents occur, even relatively minor collisions can have more serious effects. Proving that even a minor impact caused a significant injury to a person can be difficult for inexperienced attorneys.
There are also a variety of regulations mass transit operators must follow. A failure to do so can create liability issues that are unique to these types of cases.
Yes–experienced bus and train crash attorneys know what evidence to obtain, know what to look for in terms of bus driver training, and can therefore determine exactly what the cause of the crash was. Also, experienced attorneys know when and the type of inspection that is necessary to make sure they are able to prove exactly what occurred and why it occurred. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you can focus on your recovery while a team of attorneys tirelessly advocates for you.