Chicago Bus Accident Attorneys
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Representing the Injured Across the U.S.
Buses are a great and often enjoyable mode of transportation for large groups. Although generally considered safe, buses pose serious risks of injuries when accidents occur due to their large size, number of occupants, and weight. Injuries suffered in a bus accident are often quite severe—in part because seat belts are not worn. Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, based in Chicago, represents the victims of bus accidents throughout the state of Illinois and nationwide.
Buses of all types are common on American roadways, including:
- Private charters such as Greyhound and MegaBus
- Tour buses
- Public transit buses
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), over 24,000 people were injured in bus crashes in the United States in 2008. A staggering 66% of fatalities occurred in bus overturns. This statistic prompted a recent federal mandate that requires all newly manufactured long-distance buses to be fitted with lap and shoulder seat belts. This ruling will not apply to school buses or urban transit.
Motor vehicle accident cases are quite complex. Obtaining the justice you deserve is not always as straightforward as it should be. The lawyers on our dedicated team know how to represent you efficiently and strategically. We encourage you to contact us for more information.
Tip 1: the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s Guidelines
The FMCSA is a faction of the U.S. Department of Transportation and regulates large motor vehicles, such as carrier trucks and buses. The agency has its own mobile app for passengers who are looking to book a bus trip called Saferbus. This app provides access to important safety information including bus performance records.
There is a plethora of information on the FMCSA’s website concerning the rules and regulations of proper bus maintenance, driver requirements, vehicle inspections, and insurance programs. Safety violation complaints may also be reported through a free hotline, at 1 (888) DOT-SAFT (368-7238, or online at this link.
The FMCSA provides a safety checklist that passengers should verify before selecting a bus company. Not all bus companies completely adhere to federal regulations for safety. This can be an important factor when investigating a bus crash.
Tip 2: Take Action Immediately After a Crash
- First, know your rights. Depending on the cause of the accident, victims may sue the bus company, driver, maintenance company, bus manufacturer, or several other potentially responsible parties. Preserve and document all evidence, including debris, damage to property, injuries, and other relevant information. Make sure the police report is accurate.
- Know that bus crash cases are different from other motor vehicle cases, largely because there is such a wide range of possible parties that could be at fault, as well as many more victims.
Tip 3: Stay Informed
- Know that insurance companies typically try to offer low settlements in exchange for the waiving of your future rights. It is critical that victims speak with a Chicago bus accident attorney before accepting any type of settlement.
- Bus drivers involved in crashes could also be eligible for workers’ compensation claims if injured.
- Do your research. Read up on all past safety violations and maintenance records for the bus, the bus driver, and the bus operating company.
Millions Recovered for Injury Victims in the U.S.
People injured in bus accidents may file claims to cover their medical bills, lost wages, at-home care, and other expenses. Additionally, families of victims killed in a bus crash may file wrongful death claims. Our team of experienced Chicago bus accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm ensures that evidence is preserved, the incident is fully investigated, insurance companies are dealt with, and proper liability is assigned. We have been working on these types of cases for over two decades and are aware of the tactics bus companies use to take advantage of victims
Not only do we make sure that the initial crash scene investigation is thorough, we also employ our own investigators to analyze details, injuries, safety logs, maintenance records, and all other applicable factors. We are proud to offer nationwide representation to bus injury victims.