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Who is Liable for Accidents on Public Transportation?

Accidents on public transportation in Chicago and our metro area are not as common as accidents involving cars and trucks.  But, they do happen. Since passengers on public transit are not protected by seatbelts, airbags, or other safety features, even sudden starts and stops can result in passenger falls, bumps, and injuries. Some injuries can be severe. 

Entities like the CTA, Metra, and Pace have a special duty to protect and keep passengers safe. When that duty is breached, the negligent party is responsible to compensate the victim for damages. Unfortunately, the size, power, and momentum of a train and bus sometimes result in accidents that are catastrophic, even deadly.  Even jostling and falling inside a bus or train can lead to life-changing injuries. 

As an attorney, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those who are injured as a result of the recklessness and negligence of others. In fighting for victims injured in mass transit accidents, I apply the common carrier laws of Illinois – the Common Carrier Liability Act. These standards address liability for personal injury and wrongful death. 

Specialized Legal Standards

The CTA, Metra, and Pace are considered common carriers and subject to a specific set of liability laws. They are held to a high standard with regard to passenger safety. They have a duty to provide the highest degree of safety for its passengers. This duty applies to equipment maintenance, platform facilities and shelters, hiring standards, training, and passenger management procedures.  Common carriers even have a responsibility to alert passengers to potential dangers and implement processes to minimize the danger. Failure to adhere to this duty can be considered negligent. 

Who is Responsible?

If you or a loved one sustains injuries in an accident on a common carrier in Chicago or Illinois, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected and you receive appropriate compensation. Each case is highly unique with multiple parties who may share responsibility for damages.   

Reasons for accidents on public transportation are usually cloudy and rarely straightforward.  Human error, equipment malfunction, improper maintenance, defective parts, engineer or driver impairment, and lack of training are just a few.  Further, substandard practices can contribute to an accident. 

Insurance companies representing the CTA, Metra, and Pace attempt to get accident victims to quickly agree to a financial settlement in order to avoid litigation. But, it’s important for people to understand such offers usually fail to account for the full lifetime of care required.  

Victims injured in an accident deserve compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages. They need a skilled personal injury attorney to protect their rights and properly navigate through the process. Experience counts.

Chicago Public Transportation Accident Attorneys. We Help Victims.

The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner are knowledgeable and expert in representing those who are victims of the negligence or carelessness of others.    

Claims for victims of accidents on public transportation are unique, complex, involved, and frequently multidimensional. 

Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate and fight accident claims. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a skilled attorney to protect your rights. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. 50 years of experience counts.

We make the legal process as stress free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.    

If you or a loved one is injured or a victim of an auto accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.

William J. Turner

William Turner has represented hundreds of working men and women who have been victims of the negligence of others – gaining equitable compensation for the medical expenses and pain and suffering for his clients. He concentrates his practice in the trial of complex personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, construction mishaps, medical malpractice, dog and animal attacks, nursing home abuse, and slip-and-falls. Additionally, he offers niche counsel and advocacy for workers who are injured on a job.

William has obtained judgements from juries in approximately 150 cases and has secured fair and comprehensive settlements in even more over his career. William Turner has dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of those who are injured as a result of the negligent acts of others.

Favorable Outcomes.

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The law firm of Friend, Levinson & Turner provides people just like you with practical solutions and representation for their legal needs when faced with a serious personal injury.

We understand and respect the dignity of individuals. We listen, advise, represent and counsel.

We unburden people of the stressful legal matters so they can focus on healing and their recovery. Our client's well-being is our priority.

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