Comprehensive Counsel from Chicago Bus Accident Attorneys
Advocating on behalf of Illinois residents, students and visitors who have been injured in a crash
Bus drivers and bus companies owe an especially high safety duty to their passengers. When an accident occurs, passengers can be hurt or killed. A 2010 study from the University of Michigan, showed that more than 60,000 buses of all types have an accident each year, resulting in 14,000 injuries and 325 deaths. City buses are almost twice as likely to have an accident as non-city buses.
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago bus accident lawyers understand why bus crashes happen and can help you determine who is responsible. We work with government authorities and our own reconstruction accident experts to determine exactly why the bus accident happened. Our firm represents multiple plaintiffs, provided there is no conflict of interest. We fight to get victims all the compensation they deserve, including payment of hospital and doctor bills, lost income, scarring, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Bus drivers and companies owe passengers a standard of care
A bus is legal term of art Illinois. This generally means that any vehicle designed to carry 10 or more people not counting the driver. Commercial and school bus drivers owe the highest standard of care to passengers because so many people can get hurt. Buses include transit buses, inter-city buses, tour buses, and school buses.
Commercial and school bus accidents can also occur when adults or children are getting on or off the bus. Drivers in oncoming traffic have a general duty to stop while people are getting into or exiting the bus. This is especially true for children who often fail to look at traffic.
Who is responsible
Our Chicago bus accident lawyers bring claims against any person or entity that caused the accident. Common defendants include:
- The bus driver
- The bus company
- Any companies contractually responsible for maintenance and repair of the bus
- The government sector responsible for providing transportation for adults and children — often a state, city, county, or town
- Any parts manufacturer, distributor, or seller that failed to design or make a part or piece of equipment properly
In order to prove liability, our lawyers bring claims for negligence, product liability, and breach of contract or warranty. Bus accidents can happen because:
- The bus driver failed to comply with the local rules of the road
- The driver was going too fast for conditions,
- The operator was drunk
- Dangerous or poorly maintained roads
Another vehicle, such as a car or truck, can also cause the accident. No matter who is at fault, we know that you should not suffer because of someone else’s negligence. You can rely on us to protect your interests.
Talk with a caring Chicago bus accident lawyer as soon as you can
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago bus accident lawyers fight for each client as if they are a member of our family. We speak with the many witnesses — the other passengers on the bus and anyone else who has knowledge of the crash. We know how anxious you are about your medical recovery and what happens in litigation. We guide you through each phase of the case. For help now, please call us at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.