When you use public transportation, you are entrusting the driver with your well-being. There is an expected level of safety for public transportation services and, for the most part, public transportation drivers take extra precautionary steps to ensure passengers’ safety. But, this does not mean that public transportation is completely immune to incidents, and accidents still do occur.
With the lack of standard safety features in public transportation vehicles that are commonly offered inside of most automobiles, such as passenger seatbelts and airbags, along with the larger physical size of public transport vehicles and the multitude of passengers involved, public transportation accidents can be incredibly devastating.
According to preliminary results released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016. There was a 40% increase in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2009 and 2017.”
An experienced Chicago public transportation accident lawyer from TorHoerman Law may be able to help if you or a loved one were in an accident involving public transportation. Their knowledge of the legal industry can help you navigate a lawsuit, manage the process and keep it on track, and guide you to resolution.