Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents rely on public transportation every day. This is particularly true in the Chicago metro area, where the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offer public buses and trains, including the Metra subway service. School buses are another sector of public transportation responsible for millions of young riders every day.
The state or local government entities that sponsor public transportation services have an obligation to ensure that trains, subway lines, buses, etc., are operated safely. When a public transportation accident occurs, those who have been injured – or the families of anyone who has been killed – have a right to seek to be made whole financially for their losses.
Let’s take a closer look at these types of accidents.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. The CTA sets annual goals for performance metrics in a variety of areas, including safety.
For both the bus and rail lines, the CTA defines a “safety-related incident” as “any event where one or more of the following occurs on the system:
The CTA reports:
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2011 Crash Facts and Statistics report says there were:
IDOT also reports:
Across the country, an average of six school-age occupants of school transportation vehicles and 13 school-age pedestrians die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a public bus or rail line, including school transportation, in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses. Protect your rights by contacting the Chicago public transportation accident attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. Call us today toll free or use our online contact form. We represent individuals who have been hurt in public transportation accidents throughout Chicago and Illinois, including residents of Cook and Lake counties.