In many instances, bus accidents may be more complex and legally intricate than collisions between two private vehicles and may have a higher probability for injuries occurring. The complexities can stem from the sheer number of individuals involved as well as the insurance companies that may be responsible for any losses and may also include the fact that buses are a regulated form of transit in the greater Chicago area. Injuries are more likely as the number of people involved in an accident increases; therefore, if there are passengers on board a bus and the total number of occupants is equal to or greater than what would typically be found in a passenger car, injuries to one or more of those individuals may be likely when an impact happens.
In most cases, bus accident victims in Chicago may have little to no warning that a collision is imminent. Unlike drivers, they may not be watching traffic or may not anticipate hazards that can emerge in a roadway. However, they are just as likely or perhaps more likely to be hurt in a crash and they may wonder where that puts them from a legal perspective. In Illinois, victims of these bus collisions are entitled to certain rights and possible avenues of relief that may enable injury victims to obtain the help they need. Whether your losses take the form of medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages, you could be entitled to a financial settlement that will provide you with the compensation you need to move forward and beyond the impact and to help you recover as you deserve. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand the possible claims you may have and whether your case entitles you to payment if you have been injured in a bus accident.
At least four vehicles, including a Pace bus, collided in Geneva on Monday evening and led to several injuries, according to local police. The incident happened near Fabyan Parkway and Crissey Avenue around 5:30 p.m. and is still being review for additional facts. At this time, authorities have confirmed that four vehicles collided and that one of the vehicles, a Pace bus, was pushed off the road by the accident and down into a wooded area. Reportedly the vehicle had to be removed from the scene by a tow truck and it may have been heavily damaged.
Police have not released a suspected cause of the collision at this time and have not stated whether any of the drivers involved may have erred or acted in a negligent manner in the moments that proceeded the initial impact. However, they have confirmed that all facts are being reviewed and that, if appropriate, charges may be issued pending the outcome of their investigation.
Several people were hurt in this Geneva bus accident but the nature and extent of those injuries are not apparent at this time.
When a collision happens and victims are hurt, the incident can leave a lasting impact that may not fully resolve for weeks, months, or even years, if ever. The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have helped many bus accident victims seek and obtain the relief they need with this time frame in mind and if you have been involved in a crash, we want to help you as well.
We offer a free case consultation without obligation to all those victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a lawyer standing by at all hours of the day and night to take your call. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you in your claim, our attorneys will never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If a bus crash has affected your life or left your loved one injured or killed, please do not let the suffering continue. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Weekend Car Accident on Lake Shore Drive Leaves 2 Injured, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 26, 2015.
Several injured in Geneva crash involving Pace bus, Chicago Tribune, published January 26, 2015.