Given that is was Easter weekend, there were a number of businesses, schools, and government entities that were closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and/or Monday. The good news is that CTA bus service was still operational on Easter Sunday for people who needed to get to worship services or holiday gatherings. The bad news is that one of the buses was involved in a collision.
Just before 1:15pm on Sunday afternoon, a CTA bus was traveling on Chicago’s South Side. While driving north on King Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood, it was struck by a passenger vehicle that was moving west on 43rd Street. A total of eight passengers on the bus reported injuries that were non-life threatening and had to be transported to nearby hospitals.
The bus accident is still under investigation by Chicago Police. If the driver of the passenger vehicle is found to have failed to yield the right-of-way to the bus, then its driver will be held responsible for the collision and the resulting injuries. But if the bus driver did not have the right-of-way, then the CTA would be held accountable for the injuries to it passengers.
Whomever the guilty party is, the passengers have a right to file personal injury lawsuits in an effort to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, medical expenses, and even future costs related to follow-up visits or physical therapy. If the plaintiffs were injured seriously, they may be eligible to receive unearned wages caused by work absenteeism or even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
The identity of the responsible party may affect how soon these personal injury lawsuits may be filed. If the driver of the vehicle is the target of these suits, plaintiffs will have two years to file before the statute of limitations runs out. However, if they are planning to sue the CTA, they must do so within one year of the date of the accident.