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Chicago Mass Transit Injury Lawyer

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Attorneys for Injuries Involving Public Transportation in Cook County, Bronzeville, and Garfield Park

For many people who live in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, public transportation is an essential form of everyday travel. The city's mass transit network provides an easy, convenient, and affordable method of transportation for those who need to travel within the city or commute to and from other areas in Northeast Illinois. However, this does not mean that public transportation operates without any flaws, and unfortunately, collisions and other types of accidents sometimes occur that injure people riding on trains or buses, drivers and passengers in other vehicles, or pedestrians. In these cases, injury victims need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them determine who was responsible and advise them of their options for receiving financial compensation.

At Karchmar & Lambert, P.C., our lawyers believe in fighting for the rights of those who have been injured because of the negligence of other people, companies, or government organizations, and we have more than 50 years of combined experience representing injury victims. We regularly work with medical professionals, accident reconstruction experts, and others to identify the causes of serious injuries, including those involving public transportation. If you have been injured in a mass transit accident, we will gather the necessary evidence and help you file the proper claims or lawsuits to ensure that you will be fully compensated for your injuries.

Mass Transit Collisions and Injuries

Motor vehicle collisions involving buses or trains can result in a wide variety of injuries. Because public transportation vehicles are so large and heavy, people in other cars or trucks are likely to suffer serious bodily harm, including catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or broken bones. While bus accidents can be very dangerous, collisions involving trains are even more likely to result in serious injuries or wrongful death.

There are a wide variety of other situations in which people may be injured by mass transit vehicles. Pedestrians can suffer serious or fatal injuries if they are struck by a bus or train. If "L" trains or tracks are damaged, people or vehicles may be struck by falling objects. Derailed trains can also result in serious injuries to passengers, as well as those in other vehicles or people on foot.

Determining liability for mass transit injuries can sometimes be complicated. Collisions may occur because of negligent operation of trains or buses or because vehicles or train tracks were not maintained correctly. Pedestrian injuries may occur because of faulty traffic signals or unsafe railroad crossings. Drivers of other vehicles may also be fully or partially at fault for a collision, meaning that public transportation passengers who suffer injuries may need to pursue compensation from multiple parties. Victims should also be aware that when taking legal action against government organizations such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, or Pace, claims must be filed within one year after the injury occurred, which differs from the two-year time limit that applies in other personal injury cases.

Contact Our South Shore Public Transportation Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured while using public transportation, or if you have been involved in a collision with a train or bus as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, you need to make sure you are taking the right steps that will allow you to recover financial compensation for your injuries and damages. The attorneys of Karchmar & Lambert, P.C. can provide the legal help you need during your case, including identifying the parties who were responsible for your injuries, preserving evidence and medical records, and filing claims within the proper time limits. To learn how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve, contact us at 312-977-1300 and set up a free consultation today. We assist with mass transit injuries that take place anywhere in Chicago, Cook County, and the nearby suburbs, including but not limited to the neighborhoods of Pullman, Austin, Englewood, Chatham, Gresham, Bronzeville, Garfield Park, Kenwood, Ashburn, and South Shore.

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