When you hop on a train in the morning on your way to work or get on a bus to take you across the city, you are likely most concerned with whether everything is running on schedule and what time you will arrive at your destination. You may not give much thought to whether you are at risk for injury while on your commute. On occasion, however, Chicago train and bus accidents occur, and innocent passengers may end up with painful injuries and an expensive recovery.
In order to prevent train accidents and to protect the well-being of passengers, authorities are responsible for adhering to strict safety protocols. Mass transit systems are large operations, and they are vulnerable to accidents if even just one worker is negligent or reckless. If you suffered injuries while riding on a CTA train, you may benefit from an understanding of the specific legal options available to you.
Common reasons for accidents
Train accidents can happen for various reasons, including a negligent operator, improperly maintained equipment and more. Train accidents can happen at crossings when vehicles do not stop on time, or you could even slip and fall while standing inside the train waiting for your stop. Accidents can happen at any time, and you may be suffering as a result of factors beyond your control.
Travel as safely as possible
Caution and vigilance may help keep you safe and prevent injuries while you are traveling on any mass transit system in Illinois. Tips to help you travel as safely as possible include:
Take note of any posted safety instructions, and remain vigilant while riding.
If you see anything of concern, report it as quickly as possible.
In the event of an accident or emergency, stay calm and follow instructions.
Use safety bars, handholds and other safety equipment while on board.
Only exit the train when instructed to do so or at the appropriate times.
After an accident on a CTA train, you may wonder how you can pick up the pieces and move forward. It is not easy to navigate the aftermath of a mass transit accident, but you will benefit from an explanation of the specific legal options available to you. If dangerous conditions or unsafe premises are to blame for your accident, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. If the negligent actions of another party resulted in your injury, you may pursue a personal injury claim.The post Can I get compensation if hurt riding CTA trains or buses? first appeared on Smith Lacien LLP.