Eight People Injured In Chicago South Loop Bus Accident By Roosevelt Road and State Street
Bus Accident - May 11, 2023
Eight People Injured In CTA Bus Accident In Chicago’s South Loop By The Intersection of Roosevelt Road and State Street
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 11, 2023) – At least 8 people were injured in a CTA bus collision in Chicago’s South Loop by the intersection of Roosevelt Road and State Street.
Cook County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 12:36 p.m. on Wednesday. A CTA bus was involved in a collision under unclear circumstances.
It also remains unclear if any other vehicles were involved. First responders were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims.
Eight people were transported to local area hospitals. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Chicago South Loop Bus Accidents
Many people are seriously injured in bus accidents every year. According to The Journalist’s Resource, “on average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury.” There are a number of reasons that buses can be particularly dangerous.
- Buses can weigh up to 36,000 lbs and take a great deal of time to stop.
- Buses have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.
- Buses have a wide turning radius and are more prone to side impact collisions.
Buses are considered common carriers in Illinois and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Speed is a common contributing factor in bus accidents. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a bus driver fails to take reasonable actions to prevent a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company or municipality that a bus driver worked for could be liable for a collision. In general, employers are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a bus driver may have been transporting passengers when they crashed. There are many steps that should be taken after any bus accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A bus accident attorney should be contacted.
Any person that is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, bus companies will often do everything that they can to deny liability for any accident involving their drivers. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
Investigating A CTA Bus Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people who were injured in this CTA bus accident in the South Loop. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a CTA bus accident in the South Loop? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.