Multiple People Injured In Chicago Bus Accident on West Washington Boulevard
Bus Accident - January 25, 2024
Five People Injured In Near West Side, Chicago Transit Authority Bus Accident Along West Washington Boulevard
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2024) – At least five people were injured in a Chicago Transit Authority hit-and-run bus accident along West Washington Boulevard.
Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:37 p.m. on Monday. A black Infiniti reportedly disregarded a traffic signal before crashing into a CTA bus.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims. Two people were taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Another person was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
A full investigation into the CTA bus crash on West Washington Boulevard remains ongoing.
Liability For Chicago Transit Authority Bus Accidents
Thousands of people are seriously injured every year in bus accidents. 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. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.” There are many factors that could contribute to any bus accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
Buses are considered common carriers and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many bus accidents are due to speeding. According to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down in order to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a collision could extend beyond any driver. For example, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is owned by the city of Chicago. If a (CTA) bus driver was negligent and caused an accident, the city of Chicago could be on the hook for damages. Generally speaking, corporations and municipal entities are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the scope of their job duties. Victims of bus accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It can be hard to know where to begin after any bus accident. Victims are often left with high medical bills and may need to take long periods of time off of work. However, accident victims do have rights. Any person that is injured in a Chicago Transit Authority bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Chicago Transit Authority Bus Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this CTA bus accident on West Washington Boulevard. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should have never taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Chicago Transit Authority bus accident? You may have legal recourse. 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 we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.