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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 Patrick Giese

For the fourth time since October, a Chicago-based Megabus was involved in an accident early this morning in Indiana, sending 19 passengers to the hospital. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis, according to reports, and was caused when the double-decker Megabus could not slow quickly enough to avoid a stopped semi-truck. The impact created a chain-reaction which subsequently included two additional passenger vehicles. The driver of the truck and the other vehicles were uninjured.

The Megabus was en route from Chicago to Atlanta at the time of the accident and authorities have not yet announced if charges are pending against the bus driver. Investigations into the crash remain underway, as the bus will undergo inspections to determine if mechanical problems played a role in the accident. A spokesman for the bus company stated that with safety as a priority, Megabus is providing full cooperation to authorities throughout their investigation.

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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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