The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) serves large numbers of passengers every year. In fact, almost 480 million rides were taken by bus or rail in 2017. So, it’s not surprising that many of those passengers are hurt. For example, Pat’s day started like any other. She ate breakfast, got dressed, and headed out the door to catch the bus to work. But along the way the unthinkable happened – her bus was involved in a serious accident with a commuter train. Pat was injured while using Chicago public transportation and wondered if she would be compensated for her injuries. Every day, people like Pat get hurt because of public transportation accidents. Let’s look at some of those accidents and what type of compensation might be available.
Types of Compensation
The amount of money you receive in a settlement or a jury verdict depends on your injuries, of course. However, the following compensation is often paid out in personal injury lawsuits:
- Pain and suffering,
- Current and future medical treatments related to the accident,
- Lost income,
- Funeral costs if the injured person dies from his or her injuries.
This is by no means a complete list of factors that go into a verdict or settlement. Your attorney can give you a better idea of what, if any, compensation you may be able to get.
Making Your Case
Someone injured by a CTA vehicle can make a claim for damages by contacting the CTA. However, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney before agreeing to any settlement or signing any documents. It may become necessary to file a lawsuit and there are special deadlines that your attorney will know about.
For example, Chicago public transportation operates as a common carrier. This means that CTA transportation vehicles are expected to operate at a higher level of care than someone driving a personal vehicle.
In addition, people injured using Chicago public transportation have only one year after the accident to file a lawsuit. It’s important to contact a lawyer soon after you have been injured to preserve your right to compensation.
Talk to an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer
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