Sometimes, it can be challenging to avoid getting into an auto accident. That’s primarily because these threats usually present themselves with little or no warning, forcing drivers to make a split-second decision and execute that decision flawlessly. What’s even more heartbreaking is when a driver makes the correct choice and performs an adequate maneuver – only to collide with someone or something else.
That appears to be what happened earlier this month in Chicago. Around 2:30pm on the afternoon of Friday, November 1, a Chicago Transit Authority bus was driving along Lake Shore Drive. Near Montrose Avenue (which runs south of Cricket Hill and Clarendon Park), the driver of the #147/Outer Drive Express bus saw a vehicle suddenly stop in front of the bus. So the driver swerved and successfully avoided colliding with the vehicle – but instead struck a light pole. A total of nine passengers on the bus were injured enough to require transport to a nearby hospital.
This is a frustrating situation, because even though the driver took appropriate measure to avoid a CTA bus accident, CTA and the driver will both still be held responsible for the collision with the light pole and the injuries to the nine passengers. Though the victims were reported to be in “good” condition, they still may amass a great deal of medical bills through the course of their treatment. One way to get reimbursed for those expenses is to file a personal injury lawsuit against the CTA, who would then likely have to pay that money to the plaintiffs. The victims could also receive compensation for unearned wages if they had to miss work because of the CTA bus accident. The only difference between filing suit against the CTA and another driver is that such a lawsuit must be filed within a year of the incident, instead of two years with most other accidents.