The CTA Injury Attorneys at McCready Law Can Help

CTA buses are involved in hundreds of accidents every year. Even more people are injured on CTA buses each year. Whether you can make a recovery for injuries on a CTA bus depends on how the accident happened.

I've Been Hurt on a CTA Bus, What Should I Do?

Who caused the CTA bus accident?

If you are hurt in a CTA bus crash, it is important to determine who caused the accident. Did the bus driver cause the accident, or was the bus accident caused by another car or truck? In an Illinois accident, the person who causes the accident is usually responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the CTA bus driver did not cause the accident, the CTA is not responsible for your injuries. But the insurance company for the person who caused the bus accident is responsible for your damages. If the CTA bus driver caused the accident, the CTA would be responsible. Sometimes, a Chicago auto accident is the fault of a combination of the CTA bus driver and another car or truck. In these cases, you can make a recovery for personal injury from both drivers.

Sudden stop or sudden acceleration by a CTA bus driver

Many people are hurt when a CTA bus driver suddenly accelerates or slams on the brakes. A CTA bus driver must obey the rules of the road and all traffic regulations. Also, bus drivers must watch traffic conditions to avoid slamming on the brakes. A bus driver must also make sure everyone is seated before accelerating from a stop. If you are injured as a result of negligent driving by a CTA bus driver, the CTA is responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Be careful, you only have one year to sue the CTA.

I've Been Hurt on a CTA Train, What Should I Do?

CTA trains are involved in accidents much more frequently than people imagine. However, most people are injured on CTA trains as a result of driver negligence or poor maintenance of the CTA train. When you pay a fare to travel on a CTA train, the CTA makes a promise to safely transport you from one stop to another. If you are injured on the train, the CTA is probably responsible for your injuries.

Sudden Stop or Sudden Acceleration on a CTA Train

Many people are hurt when a CTA train conductor suddenly accelerates or slams on the brakes of the train. A CTA conductor is supposed to operate the train in a reasonably smooth manner and obey all track regulations. This includes waiting until passengers are safe before gradually accelerating and slowly coming to a stop by decelerating evenly. If you are injured as a result of negligence by a CTA train conductor, the CTA is responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Be careful, you only have one year to sue the CTA.

Poor Maintenance of CTA Train

Anyone who has been on a CTA train knows they can get pretty dirty.Trash is left, food is spilled, and snow, water, and dirt are tracked onto the trains. The CTA has an obligation to make sure their trains remain clean and safe. If you slip and fall on a CTA train, you may have a claim for your injuries, including your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

I've Been Injured on CTA Property

Although most CTA accidents happen in CTA bus crashes or train accidents, many people each year sustain injuries on CTA property. You may slip and fall on a bus or train, trip and fall on a CTA sidewalk or at a CTA station, or be assaulted on CTA property. If you have been injured on CTA property, the CTA may be responsible to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The CTA owes the highest duty of care to protect the safety of its customers

Because people pay a fare to the CTA to transport them, the law places a higher burden on the CTA to make sure people using the CTA are safe. You deserve to be safe and free from negligence when taking the CTA. McCready Law has represented clients who:

  • suffered a severe laceration from sharp metal at a CTA station
  • received electrical shocks from a faulty light pole
  • were assaulted by gang members on a CTA bus
  • sustained a broken ankle when the bus driver stopped in front of a snow bank
  • fell on ice dripping from a construction scaffold

These are just a few of the cases we have handled over the years. To see if we can help with your injury case, contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

Act quickly! You only have one year to sue the CTA for personal injuries

Unlike other personal injury cases where the statute of limitations is two years, the time to bring a claim against the CTA is only one year. Because of this, CTA claim examiners will often delay your claim and you will run the risk of losing all your rights by running out of time. It is important to talk with a lawyer who has handled hundreds of cases against the CTA.

Why The CTA Will Deny Your Case

Accidents on CTA buses and CTA trains are very common. There are over 1800 CTA buses and 222 miles of CTA train tracks. The Chicago Transit Authority has thousands of claims for injuries every year. Unlike car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, the CTA is not covered by an insurance company. The CTA is Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations self-insured and handles all claims for injuries with claim examiners employed by the CTA. Every CTA personal injury settlement is paid directly by the CTA, not by an insurance company. For this reason, the CTA will do everything possible to deny your case!

What you can do if you are injured by the Chicago Transit Authority

First, get the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Be aware that the CTA will not pay your medical bills unless you settle your case. You can’t send your medical bills to the CTA as they are incurred for payment. If the CTA is negligent in causing your injuries, they will be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you document your claim for damages and help you get the best possible settlement.

Preserve evidence of the accident and your injuries

It is important to document everything with the CTA. CTA claims examiners like to deny claims because some documentation is missing.

  • Take pictures
  • Get names of bus drivers or conductors
  • Contact any witnesses while they still remember what happened
  • Notify the CTA to preserve any video from the accident
  • Obtain all your medical records and bills

The lawyers at McCready Law have many years of experience handling CTA claims and will do all of this for you in order to present the strongest case possible against the CTA for your injuries.

Act quickly! You only have one year to sue the CTA for personal injuries

Unlike other personal injury cases where the statute of limitations is two years, the time to bring a claim against the CTA is only one year. Because of this, CTA claim examiners will often delay your claim and you will run the risk of losing all your rights by running out of time. It is important to talk with a lawyer who has handled hundreds of cases against the CTA.

How Long Do I Have To Bring A Case Against The CTA?

People injured in Illinois car accidents usually have two years to make a claim for personal injuries. If you are injured in a CTA bus accident or you are injured in a CTA train accident, you must settle your claim or file a lawsuit for personal injury damages within one year of the accident or you will lose all your rights to sue the CTA.

CTA adjusters often ignore your claim or drag it out.

Claims against the CTA must be brought within one year, so many claims adjusters will delay your claim in the hopes that you will miss the one year deadline. Do not let this happen to you! In CTA accident cases, it is even more important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait, the CTA may deny your case and force you to file a lawsuit or you lose your rights altogether. The lawyers at McCready Law have handled hundreds of claims against the CTA and will protect your rights before the one year time limitation for claims expires.

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