Thousands of Chicago residents rely on bussing and public transportation to get around, meaning that those who operate, maintain, and own buses have a hefty responsibility toward the general public. Those who are involved in a bus accident will likely endure severe injuries or even death, resulting in grief, pain, and suffering all around. In addition, lost income and medical expenses make it even worse on accident victims.
Hart & David represents bus accident victims seeking compensation for personal injury or wrongful death of a loved one. We carefully assess each case and determine the maximum amount you deserve, at which point we fight aggressively to get you the highest amount possible.
Liability for Bus Accidents
Manufacturers, operators, and owners of buses have a duty toward the public. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in accidents, damages to property, and injuries to their passengers and others. If your injury is the result of negligence, you can be owed damages for the medical care, pain, suffering, and lost income resulting from a bus accident.
Establishing liability depends on the individual case. In many cases, a bus accident is the result of negligence on the part of the operator. In others, it may be due to failure to properly maintain the vehicle, such as allowing the tires to go bald, resulting in the bus slipping on a rainy day. In yet other cases, an accident may be caused by poor design or faulty manufacture of the vehicle, landing the fault on the manufacturer.
In order for your claim to be viable, your injury must have resulted from negligence on the part of a responsible party. In other words, someone must have done something wrong, had a duty to not do it wrong, and caused your injury by doing it wrong.
Establishing negligence requires thorough research and understanding of the laws and regulations governing the manufacture, maintenance, and operation of public transportation vehicles. It will also rely heavily on whatever evidence can be obtained from the accident. Video footage, photographs, accident scene analysis, and other evidence will be key in securing your compensation.
Hart & David will work with you to determine your options when pursuing compensation for a bus accident injury. Through careful analysis of the evidence and thoughtful, meticulous planning of your claim, we can help with the process of recovering from your injuries and moving forward after an accident.
Severity and Compensation
Given the sheer size of buses, accidents involving them will often result in severe injuries. Rather than get tossed around like smaller vehicles, buses will often tip over onto one side. Since passengers aren’t usually restrained the way they would be in a car, they can suffer a wide variety of severe injuries.
In the case of a wreck involving multiple vehicles, passengers and drivers in smaller vehicles will likely suffer very serious injuries or death.
Whether you have suffered injuries or have lost a loved one, you need to act quickly when pursuing compensation after a bus accident. Central to prompt action is enlisting the services of a law firm with the experience necessary to analyze and pursue your case. Hart & David can represent you and provide the legal guidance needed to secure the compensation you deserve.