Bus Accident Lawyers in Illinois
Bus accidents are on the rise. Bus accidents caused by negligence generally fall within two categories: vehicle maintenance failure, and driver error.
Bus Driver and Bus Company Responsibilities
In bus accident litigation, claims involve not only negligent bus drivers, but the companies that hire the bus drivers. It is the bus company's responsibility to ensure its vehicles are up to standard and will not have mechanical failure, and that its drivers are competent, drug free, and do not drive in extended blocks of time that lead to driver fatigue.
In Illinois, the law is clear that a bus driver must exercise an even greater standard of driving care than other drivers because of the injuries that their large vehicles can usually cause. Accidents involving buses that are caused by driver negligence are often catastrophic and far surpass the magnitude of those caused by cars.
The most common cause of bus driver error is fatigue, which can cause clouded judgment, drowsiness, and falling asleep at the wheel. Other causes, including inexperience, driving under the influence of drugs (illegal or prescription) or alcohol, or inadequate driver training.
Bus Accident Causes
Bus accidents are also caused by:
- Driving in bad weather that leads to reduced visibility (fog, snow, or rain);
- Aggressive driving behavior;
- Failure to yield the right of way;
Bus Companies Tactics to Avoid Litigation and Lawsuits
Bus companies, as well as the insurance companies that represent them, know that bus accidents often lead to major lawsuits when their buses are involved in an collision. To combat this, they hustle to gather experts and evidence that help support their case. This means that within a few hours, these companies are working to build a case against you before you ever consult your own lawyer or have your own investigation started on the bus company and driver.
The unfortunate reality is that survivors of a bus crash often require a lifetime of care for their catastrophic and traumatic injuries, some of which include paralysis; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury, broken bones; back injury; and loss of limbs. Lost work wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and a huge strain on the survivor's family all contribute to the extensive suffering that accident survivors face.
Bus Accident Lawyers Who Fight for YOU
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus collision, it is vital that you speak with attorneys who are experienced at litigating, investigating, and winning complex bus accident cases. The attorneys at Baizer Kolar & Lewis P.C. have that experience and will fight for and protect your interests. We will fight the bus insurance companies to get you the most you deserve.
Contact the top Chicago bus accident lawyers at Chicago's Baizer Kolar & Lewis P.C. for free consultation to discuss your truck or bus injury-related case.