Winning a vehicle accident lawsuit can be tricky at times, since there are so many different factors that go into deciding fault when a crash occurs. When the other vehicle involved in the accident is a government vehicle, that level of difficulty increases significantly.
Typically, because mass transit buses and other forms of public transportation are owned or managed under the jurisdiction of the government, winning a lawsuit can be difficult. Since many government entities tend to fall under “government immunity” laws, they are often exempt from being held responsible for traffic violations and accidents that occur. However, there are a few select instances when government employee drivers and agencies can be held liable for the injuries caused to other individuals after vehicle accidents in Illinois.
Tips to Win Your Case Against the Government After an Illinois Vehicle Crash
- Was the driver of the government issued vehicle found to be at fault for causing the accident?
- When filing a claim with the appropriate agency, provide a clear description of the time, place, and circumstances of the accident.
- Always provide complete contact information for the person making the claim.
- Be sure to file your claim quickly. In Illinois, the basic Statute of Limitations is two years after the original incident for personal injury cases. An attorney can help you work through the details of these laws.
- Is there witness testimony to the bus driver’s behavior or actions to prove fault?
Chicago mass transit bus accidents can happen for any number of reasons. And, when they do, victims should receive justice, even if a government employee is at fault. Common causes of mass transit bus accidents can include:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate driver training
- Overloaded or improperly loaded buses
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
If you suffered significant injuries, pain, or suffering from a mass transit bus crash in Illinois, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Only a skilled Chicago auto accident attorney can help you understand and assert your legal rights. You can schedule a free consultation with the personal injury legal team at Lane & Lane today by calling 312-332-1400.