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Public transit certainly has its benefits. Used by millions of Illinoisans each year, it gets people to and from work, school, and their daily appointments. Children, teenagers, and adults alike use it to see a movie, go shopping, or just spend some quality time with friends and family. But there is also a side of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) that few take into account: our city’s mass transportation accident rates are highly concerning, and innocent victims are often severely injured in those crashes.

CTA Has One Accident Every 36 Hours

Late last year, an ABC7 investigative team took a look at the startling number of accidents involving CTA buses. Hundreds of incidents were uncovered; enough to place an average of about one CTA crash every 36 hours. In those accidents, hundreds of public transit passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle drivers were injured or killed. Yet, during the investigation, CTA officials attempted to downplay their incident rates and responsibility. That unwillingness to admit any wrongdoing is exactly why so many victims struggle to receive fair and just compensation for their CTA accident.

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By Shawn Kasserman

Recently, a double-decker Megabus traveling from Atlanta to Chicago was involved in a rollover crash, injuring at least 26 people.  According to the bus driver, in the early morning hours, he tried to avoid an accident and overcorrected his steering. The bus flipped on its side and over the median of I-65. One passenger shared that due to rainy weather conditions, the driver may have had limited visibility or that the driver swerved to avoid something.

The Chicago area is serviced by companies like Megabus, including Greyhound, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and Pace Bus Company. Though public transportation offers a convenient and cost-effective way to travel, passenger bus accidents are all too common. Due to the size of buses, injuries involved can be minor to serious, life-threatening matters. The consequences of a bus accident injury can be devastating, so it is crucial to take action to ensure your rights are protected.

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By Robert Geimer

A shuttle bus carrying passengers from Economy Lot “E” to the departure terminals crashed into a concrete barrier on the main entrance roadway into O’Hare airport Friday morning. According to news reports, a number of passengers were seriously injured.

“These cases can be very complex, and early investigation by attorneys who are experienced is critical,” according to Dan Kotin, who has successfully worked on many such cases, including a $43 million combined recovery on behalf of 35 passengers injured in a commuter train crash; a verdict of nearly $29.6 million on behalf of a woman who sustained a serious brain injury in the derailment of a Metra train; an $8.4 million recovery against Pace Bus Company on behalf of a woman who was seriously injured; a $4.5 million settlement with the CTA for a family who lost their 10 year-old child when she was struck by a bus; multi-million dollar recoveries against a major bus company for two separate incidents in which pedestrians were struck and killed; and a $2.6 million verdict against the CTA for a man injured by a bus.

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