When you think about major auto accidents, you think about jackknifed 18-wheelers and busy interstates and cars driving too fast. But you usually don’t imagine slower-moving vehicles on city streets – like the scene of a multi-vehicle pileup in Chicago this week.
On Friday, December 21st just before 8:45am, a Chicago Transit Authority bus was traveling near the intersection of Kedzie and Diversey Avenues in the Logan Square neighborhood about a half mile west of the Kennedy Expressway. Police say that the bus driver apparently lost consciousness and crashed into a row of parked cars. When the dust cleared, a sedan had been pushed underneath a sport utility vehicle, the back end of which was pointing up in the air while its front end was smashed into another sedan in front of it. The bus driver and a passenger on the CTA bus were taken to two different hospitals for treatment.
It’s abundantly clear that the bus driver will be held responsible for the CTA bus accident. So if the injured passenger wishes to do so, he or she could file a personal injury lawsuit against the CTA bus driver and the CTA itself. The major difference between this legal action and a suit resulting from a collision between private cars is that the injured individual must file suit within one year from the date of the bus accident (as opposed to the two-year statute of limitations on most other auto accident cases).
A personal injury lawsuit in this case could allow the injured passenger to collect compensation for any wages that weren’t earned due to time missed at work from the wreck. The suit could also reimburse the plaintiff for ambulance charges, medical costs, and treatment and physical therapy expenses.