City Bus Passengers in Chicago Expect a Safe Ride

According to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), 1,781 buses operate over 129 routes and 1,959 route miles. Buses make about 19,709 trips a day and serve 11,493 posted bus stops. In all of 2010, the buses carried a total of 306 million riders. Don’t you suspect the potential for bus accidents is real with that many buses on city streets every day?

Unlike trains, buses have to share the roads in Chicago with other drivers and battle the Midwest weather conditions that can be extremely dangerous. Taxi cabs, delivery trucks and people driving their own cars in town combine to increase the possibility of accidents in the city.

Whether you are a daily rider on the city bus or a visitor who needs a convenient way to get around town, the CTA must provide you with safe transport. When you board the bus, it’s probably not top of mind that the bus could be in an accident on the way to your destination. Although the CTA publishes safety warnings and emphasizes safety education for its passengers, sometimes riders still get hurt.

Bus accidents can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Impaired bus operators (drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Driver negligence
  • Defective equipment
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Improper maintenance of mechanical systems

As a paying passenger on a Chicago city bus, you expect safe transport and have rights to it under the law. If you were involved in a bus accident, learn about your options by calling a Chicago attorney experienced in transportation-related accident and injury. A lawyer experienced with bus accidents can meet with you to discuss your case and determine if the CTA is liable. If so, you’ll have a better chance of a fair settlement with knowledgeable legal assistance at your side.