Bus and Train Injuries
The Chicago accident attorneys at the injury law firm Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. have handled numerous cases that involve bus or train accidents and other common carriers with excellent results for our clients. If you or a loved one were injured or killed during an accident occurring on a bus or train in Chicago, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an Illinois injury attorney who has the expertise and experience of a bus accident lawyer or train accident lawyer.
Knowing the applicable state and local laws associated with accidents involving buses or trains is an important initial consideration. Buses, trains, and other vehicles that transport passengers are considered common carriers. A common carrier owes its passengers the highest duty of care. This duty applies not only while the passengers are on the bus or a train but it continues until the passenger gets off in a safe location and reaches a place of safety. Because the passengers have no control over the driving of the common carrier, they rely on the bus driver or train operator to ensure their safety. Our skillful bus accident attorneys and train accident attorneys know the laws relevant to such accidents, and more importantly, how these laws affect your rights.
An additional consideration is that common carriers may be owned or operated by government entities, and this may significantly affect your legal rights. With regard to bus accidents, they may involve a school bus, public transportation bus, or a commercially owned bus, each of which may be subject to separate regulations. Such accidents are often caused by unsafe driving, sudden stops, and flips, to name a few. Likewise, accidents involving trains may invoke a variety of regulations such as those relating to train operation, railway maintenance or installation, and monitoring of railroad crossways. For example, a recent publication by the department of Transportation stated that over 83% of fatal train crashes occurred at crossing with gates. The Chicago injury lawyers of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. represent clients who have been injured in bus or train accidents in Illinois. Our Illinois injury attorneys will evaluate your matter in a comprehensive manner and advise you as to issues such as fault, liability, as well as the appropriate entities for which to seek relief from.
Injuries from accidents that involve buses, trains, or other common carriers, can be severe and you may require medical attention. Injuries can include broken bones, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burns and others. We know that meeting financial obligations is of paramount importance in the aftermath of a crash, so our team of personal injury lawyers will work to ensure that the insurance company pays your medical bills in a timely manner, as well as fully compensates you for your costs and damages.
Unfortunately bus, train, and other common carrier accidents can result in fatality. In such disastrous scenarios, family members of the deceased may have the option to seek legal recourse for the loss of their loved one through a wrongful death action. Our Chicago accident attorneys know that although nothing can ever replace the loss of your loved one, there are remedies that can provide financial compensation, and through such legal action similar future negligence may also be deterred.
Accidents involving common carriers, like many other types of accidents, require the injured or family member of a deceased to seek relief within a certain period of time, a term also known as the statute of limitations. Therefore, it is important to seek consultation with a licensed Chicago Personal Injury Attorney specialized in train accidents, bus accidents or common carrier accidents, as soon as is practical after the occurrence such incident.