According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2014, there were 11,000 bus crashes that resulted in an injury. In 2014, at least 22,000 people were injured in a bus crash. The majority of fatal bus accidents happen with school children. As operators transporting the general public, bus drivers are considered common carriers under Illinois Law. This means that bus drivers are held to the highest standard of care to take all necessary precautions to protect their passengers.
There are many types of cases involving buses including:
- Local mass transit carriers such as CTA buses;
- School Buses;
- Charter Buses;
- Tour Buses;
- Greyhound or Mega Buses; and
- Shuttle buses
Whiting Law Group also handles cases for the passengers in buses that are injured in accidents caused by other motorists on the road and handles cases for other motorists who are involved in accidents with buses. In Chicago, bus accidents are common due to the amount of public transportation on the road. In all matters involving bus collisions, it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and/or conduct in question, and to file a lawsuit prior to deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.