One Injured In Evergreen Park CTA Bus Accident By 99th Street and Kedzie Avenue
Bus Accident - July 25, 2023
Evergreen Park Chicago Transit Authority Bus Accident Injured One Person By The Intersection of 99th Street and Kedzie Avenue
EVERGREEN PARK, ILLINOIS (July 25, 2023) – One person was injured in an Evergreen Park CTA bus accident by the intersection of 99th Street and Kedzie Avenue.
Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:30 a.m. on Monday. A CTA bus was involved in a collision with five other vehicles.
First responders were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. One person complained about leg pain and was taken to a hospital in order to receive treatment.
Police cited the CTA bus driver for failure to reduce speed prior to the collision. A full investigation into the Evergreen Park bus accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Evergreen Park Bus Accidents
Buses are typically quite safe for their passengers. But they pose a number of unique hazards to pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles. According to one study by the National Transportation Safety Board, “During 2009, the bus occupant fatality rate was 45 deaths per 100,000 accidents compared with 251 deaths per 100,000 accidents for passenger car occupants.” There are a number of reasons that buses can be particularly dangerous.
- Buses weigh much more than passenger vehicles and therefore take much longer to stop.
- Buses have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians and smaller vehicles.
- Buses have a much wider turning radius making side impact collisions more likely.
Public buses are considered “common carriers” under the Common Carrier Liability Act (740 ILCS 25/). Their drivers must use an abundance of caution to avoid accidents. A number of collisions are due to bus drivers that were traveling too fast. Pursuant 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 safe given the prevailing conditions of the road. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that rear-ends another vehicle in their own lane of traffic.
When a bus driver acts negligently and causes a collision, their employer could be liable. Generally speaking, companies 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 a number of steps that should be taken after any bus accident.
- Logbook records from the bus driver should be reviewed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage from within the bus should be inspected.
- A thorough investigation into the accident should be conducted.
Bus accidents can be one of the most difficult things that many people will ever go through. A serious accident can prevent a person from working for extended periods. It can also substantially impair their quality of life. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a bus driver may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Sadly, though, it is common for bus companies to deny any responsibility if their driver is involved in a collision.
Investigating Cook County Bus Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Evergreen Park CTA bus accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Evergreen Park bus accident? 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 to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.