Many Chicago commuters depend on the Chicago Transit Authority to get to and from work each day. In most cases, they arrive safely at their destination and get back home later without incident. But when a CTA bus is involved in an accident, many people can get hurt or killed.
Earlier this month, that is exactly what happened when a CTA bus got into a wreck on the Near West Side of the city. According to officials, a #65 Grand bus collided with another vehicle by Morgan and Grand at approximately 4:40 p.m.
The accident injured five individuals. According to sources, two adults were transported from the accident scene to Northwestern. They were reported to be in fair-to-serious condition. A third person's condition was listed as serious-to-critical at Stroger Hospital, while two minors were listed as being in good condition when treated at Lurie Children's Hospital.
There was no indication from the reports which driver was cited at-fault in the collision.
Mass transit passengers have a right to expect that the driver or operator of their ride will exercise the utmost caution and employ only safe driving skills. While some accidents may appear unavoidable at first glance, often there are underlying causes for which a company or entity is liable.
For instance, if the condition of the road was at least partially responsible for a wreck, those tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the city's roads are free of hazards or debris could face some liability in the accident. A driver who abandons a stalled vehicle might also be found partially liable.
Because it may not be immediately apparent who or what is at fault, some injured mass transit riders seek legal advice for their claims.
Source: WLS-TV, "5 Injured in CTA bus accident near Grand, Morgan," April 07, 2016