A Basic Guide to Getting Compensation for Public Transportation Injuries

Last updated 5 months ago

Though accidents involving public transportation are rare, they can result in very serious injuries or even death because of the large size of the vehicles involved. If you have been injured in an accident involving any form of public transportation, read on to find out about your legal options.

Difficulties of Suing Chicago Transit Authority

Any cases against the Chicago Transit Authority, commonly known as CTA, are immediately more complex because they involve a shorter statute of limitations than other personal injury cases. If you are injured and want to file a lawsuit against CTA, you have only a year in which to do so. In some ways, this may give CTA an unfair advantage, and you should be sure to take prompt action in order to make the most of your case. Do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options as soon as possible.

Possible Grounds for a Lawsuit

If you’ve been injured on CTA property or in an accident caused by a CTA vehicle, you have several possible grounds for a lawsuit. For example:

  • Driver negligence. Sometimes, an accident can be caused by something as simple as a driver’s careless, avoidable error; in other cases, the driver may be intoxicated or otherwise impaired. Regardless, either situation puts you in danger.
  • Poor maintenance. CTA has a responsibility to make sure its vehicles are properly maintained in order to keep passengers as safe as possible. Failure to do so endangers you and everyone around you.
  • Dangerous train stations. El stations can be in poor repair; for example, staircases can be slippery with ice, or the pavement can have dangerous cracks. If you are injured because of such a situation, consider pursuing compensation.

After an injury caused by CTA, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (312) 983-6193 to schedule a consultation with an attorney at Malman Law. Our lawyers can help you get the financial damages you need.


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