A Wednesday night crash between a CTA bus and a dump truck left the CTA driver critically injured. Four vehicles ended up being involved in the accident which occurred near the CTA garage on 103rd Street.
Police stated that a Jackson Park Express bus attempted to turn into the garage when the bus was struck by a westbound truck. The details of how the accident occurred are not yet clear but officials have confirmed the involvement of a CTA bus, a dump truck, and two other vehicles.
The CTA bus was not in service at the time of the crash and only two CTA employees, including the driver, were aboard. Both were injured and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn as was the driver of the dump truck. The driver of one of the other vehicles was also injured and required medical care while the condition of the remaining driver is not known. Emergency crews were forced to cut apart the CTA bus in an effort to remove the driver.
When an accident involves multiple parties, it can be very difficult to determine exactly who is at fault for the crash. Many times, multiple drivers are each accountable for some of the blame. It can be difficult to sort out who is responsible for any injuries that result from a crash. When working, there may be an additional claim available to a person injured in an accident. The rules for each type of claim are different but all are time sensitive so if you have been hurt in an accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Cases like this are made more difficult because several of the people injured were reportedly working at the time. This means that in addition to a claim against anyone who caused the accident, these victims will have a worker’s compensation claim against their employer. Worker’s compensation provides for benefits to any worker who is hurt on the job, regardless of who is at fault. The benefits should cover your medical treatment as well as any time off work you are forced to miss. Additionally, you may be entitled to a lump sum payment for your losses.
This worker’s compensation claim is separate and in addition to the claim against the at-fault driver and that driver’s insurance company or employer. This claim can cover any medical bills you incur, any pain and suffering you endure, lost wages you are unable to earn, and any other damages that result from the crash.
At Abels & Annes, we represent clients who have been injured at work as well as those who have been hurt in automobile collision. With decades of experience in both of these areas, we are prepared to help people in either type of accident. If you have been hurt in a collision, call the Chicago bus accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us provide you with a free case consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day at (312) 924-7575 and there is no obligation when you call. Call us today and let us help you get a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entries:
Chicago Motorcycle Lawyers Settle Case for $100,000, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 1, 2013.
Batavia Township Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 29, 2013.
CTA Bus Driver Critically Hurt in Crash With Dump Truck, CBS Chicago/Chicago Sun-Times, published June 27, 2013.