Car Accidents

Car Accidents Involving Buses, Taxis & Transit Authorities

In Illinois, and particularly within the Chicago metropolitan area, public transit is a way of life. The costs of owning a car—or the stress of taking a car into the city—may outweigh the benefits for many people. However, this also puts drivers like you at risk for collisions with the city’s ever-growing amounts of buses, taxis, and transit authority vehicles.

If you are struggling with the aftermath of a car accident involving a taxi or public transit vehicle, Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is here to help. Contact a car accident lawyer today to discuss your accident and plan your next steps.

Call (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-risk consultation.

Mass Transit Accidents

When you are involved in an accident with a public transit vehicle or charter bus, you face numerous challenges that you would not have to consider if you were hurt in an accident with another car. To start, the number of victims in a transit accident is much higher than the victim count in a passenger car crash. There could be dozens of people who will need their medical bills paid and damaged property reimbursed.

Additionally, going up against a transit company involves challenging a government entity. Expensive accidents put city and state governments at serious risk of financial loss, so they cut no corners when it comes to hiring legal representation that aggressively protects their interests, shifts blame to other parties, and minimizes payouts.

What does this mean for you? If you want to get your damages paid for, you’ll have to go through a wall of lawyers and navigate government bureaucracy.

Accidents Involving Taxis

Taxi and car accidents are extremely common. Anyone who’s ever been to Chicago has at least one story about a taxi driver. Although taxi companies are not government entities, they still have deep pockets and attorneys willing to fight to the end for their clients.

Consider how hard taxi lobbyist groups have fought against Uber and other rideshare companies in different metropolitan areas; now consider how much harder they’ll fight against accident claims that could cut into their bottom line.

How an Attorney Protects Your Best Interests

You should have a personal injury attorney to represent you no matter which type of car accident you’re in. However, it is even more important when you collide with a bus, taxi, or other public transit vehicles. The stakes are much higher and if the accident is pinned on you, you could experience enormous financial consequences.

To start, consider how expensive transit vehicles and taxis are. They are fitted with a substantial amount of specialized equipment that allows them to pick up passengers and go through regular inspections to ensure they are road-safe.

If you are accused of causing the accident, your insurance company could have to pay out an enormous sum of money to repair damage to these vehicles. This could max out your policy limits or even cause you to get dropped from your insurance company.

Next, consider the cost of medical care for passengers. Many people are injured every time a bus crashes, and if the other side’s lawyers decide to claim that you are liable, you could be on the hook for those medical bills.

You need to take a proactive stance and hire an attorney who will not only prove that you did not cause the accident but show that the other side is responsible for the crash and that you deserve compensation.

Remember that personal injury claims involving governmental entities—such as the CTA in the Chicago area—follow different laws than those involving individual parties. If you are trying to file a claim against a transit authority or other government entity, you may face a shortened statute of limitations and other hurdles.

It is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.

Damages for Bus, Taxi, and Transit Accidents

Damages vary widely, depending on the details of your accident. However, damages are often higher than they are for crashes that only involve passenger vehicles. This is due to the size of public transit vehicles and the sheer amount of damage they can cause because of their increased size and load. You could be entitled to money for:

  • Medical bills, including future medical expenses if your injury is likely to require ongoing care
  • Lost wages for time spent away from work and the loss of future wages if your ability to work is impacted going forward
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

Remember, the other party in your claim has a team of lawyers who are ready to dispute every single dollar you ask for. You need an attorney who is ready to fight just as aggressively to represent your best interests.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help

If you are injured in a car accident, time is of the essence. You need to move quickly to explore your options, assert your rights, and ask for the compensation you deserve. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we know that Chicago roads lead to major accidents every day, and we know what it takes to hold drivers and companies accountable for their mistakes.

Fill out our online contact form to have someone reach out to you, or call us right now at (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-risk consultation. to take the first step. We look forward to helping you during this challenging time.

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