No one likes to think about the possibility of being involved in a mass transit accident. But in the blink of an eye and without warning, a mass transit accident – such as a devastating train crash – can occur, leaving multiple people injured, with high medical bills, and unsure of where to turn. Luckily, when negligence is at play – as it often is – victims of mass transit accidents in Illinois have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages.
Common Types of Mass Transit Accidents
The most common type of mass transit accident is a train or bus accident. Both of these accident types can cause injuries to dozens of people in a single crash. Common types of mass transit accidents include:
- Train derailments;
- Collisions with other trains or buses;
- Rollover accidents; and
- Crossing and pedestrian fatalities.
The majority of train and bus accidents are caused by one of the following factors: train or bus operator negligence, the negligence of a third party (such as another vehicle), mechanical failure of a bus or train, or/and mechanical failure of a piece of equipment (crossing arms).
Who Is Liable for a Mass Transit Accident?
The party who is liable for mass transit accident varies greatly depending upon the specifics of the situation. For example, under the laws of vicarious liability, the railway/bus company may be held liable for the negligent actions of an operator who causes an accident (i.e. a train conductor operates the train while intoxicated, causing an accident). Or, if the mass transit accident was caused as a result of a mechanical failure, the manufacturer of the mechanical part may be held liable if the part was defective; if the part was not defective but was not properly maintained, then the party responsible for maintenance (usually the bus or train company) may be held liable.
In some cases, a third party – such as the driver of another vehicle – may be to blame for the accident, and liability will fall on this party’s shoulders.
Filing a Claim after a Mass Transit Accident
Filing a claim after a mass transit accident against a large company or entity, such as Chicago Transit Authority, can be extremely complex. Not only is determining who might be liable difficult, but understanding all of the laws surrounding the claim’s process can be overwhelming as well. Further, a large entity will surely have top lawyers on its side fighting back against your claim.
To improve your chances of your claim being successful after a mass transit accident in Chicago or surrounding areas, it is within your best interest to hire an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf.
Reach Out to Our Mass Transit Attorneys Today
At Fisk & Monteleone LTD., we understand how traumatic a mass transit accident can be. We also understand how confusing knowing what to do in the aftermath is. If you are in need of an attorney whom you can trust, do not wait any longer to call our team today. You can reach us now at 815-209-9030.