Founder and senior partner Robert A. Clifford and partner Kevin P. Durkin, have tried or settled some of the largest bus crash cases in Illinois. Durkin and partner Colin H. Dunn recently settled the largest case in Kankakee history that involved the death of a man struck by a bus. Partner Michael Krzak is currently handling a number of bus crash cases.
Whenever a family suffers from a wrongful death or injury at the hands of another, it is a tragedy. But it seems that bus accidents and other mass transportation accidents appear to affect those families and the general public the worst. The communities of these families and all of America mourn the disasters where dozens of people needlessly die. The country is witness to yet another tragic deadly bus crash. A CTA bus reportedly crashed at Lake Street and Michigan Avenue at the evening rush hour leaving eight people injured, one of them critically, and one dead. The woman who died was apparently struck by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus according The Chicago Medical Examiner's Office.
Buses certainly are a convenient form of public transportation - whether they be commuter buses, double-deck buses, tour buses, airport shuttles, ski shuttle buses, casino buses or, of course, school buses. As common carriers, bus drivers and bus companies owe their passengers a greater duty of care in protecting them from harm. Bus driving takes special training and that training must be adequate. Buses also need to be checked regularly for safe operation.
Actions against a common carrier can involve the negligent conduct of the driver or inadequate training, or the condition of the bus itself such as improper maintenance or defective parts.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus crash, certain time periods are required to be followed in filing a lawsuit.These deadlines are called statutes of limitations. They vary from state to state and certain common carriers that are owned by governmental entities such as federal, state, county or city governments may have special notices that must be given before filing a lawsuit. These time periods can be very short.
If you are involved in a bus accident, be sure to contact the police. If you are able, take down the driver's name, address, date of birth, driver's license number and expiration date. Get his or her phone number. Get their insurance company's information. Get the make, year, model, license plate number, expiration date and vehicle identification (VIN) number of all vehicles involved in the accident. If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, you will need all of this information of the owner of the vehicle. Be sure to get identification information of any passengers in any cars. Also, see if you can get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Even if the person will not offer the information, get that person's license plate number. Note the road, weather and lighting conditions.
To read more settlements and verdicts obtained by the bus accident attorneys at Clifford Law Offices, please visit our Record of Justice.