Representing Families of the Victims of Fatal Bus Accidents in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation are a fixture of metropolitan Chicago roadways. Many residents rely on CTA and Pace buses to commute to work or traverse the city. According to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), 1,781 CTA buses operate over 140 routes and run approximately 19,709 trips a day throughout Chicago. In the surrounding suburbs, the PACE bus system serves 284 municipalities and covers 3,446 square miles, providing public transportation via nearly 200 fixed bus routes.
Unfortunately, bus accidents do occur, often with devastating consequences. In fact, on average, the CTA alone is involved in one bus accident per day. Bus accidents can happen for a number of reasons, such as inattentive or negligent motorists, defective bus parts, road hazards, inadequate maintenance, poor driver training, and inattentive driving.
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on accident and injury law, representing the families of deceased victims of negligence, including fatal bus accidents, fatal truck accidents, fatal car accidents, and medical malpractice.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal bus accident, contact the Chicago wrongful death lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Fatal Bus Accidents
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal claim brought by the family of a deceased victim of negligence, whether the victim of a fatal bus accident, a fatal truck accident, a fatal car accident, a personal injury accident, a dangerous or defective product, or medical malpractice.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal bus accident or other catastrophic accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death attorney like the Chicago fatal bus accident attorneys at Cogan & Power. Wrongful death lawsuits involve complex issues of liability and damages. The plaintiff must first prove that the defendant is liable for the decedent’s death as a result of negligent or intentional wrongdoing. At Cogan & Power, our Chicago fatal bus accident attorneys engage in a comprehensive factual investigation of the accident and a thorough legal analysis of all possible legal claims. We review the bus driver’s record for any past traffic violations, prior accidents, drug or alcohol use, or vehicle maintenance problems. We also analyze the bus company’s hiring practices and work environment. Once liability is assessed, there are often complex legal issues regarding the appropriate level of compensation that should be awarded as damages.
At Cogan & Power, our compassionate Chicago wrongful death attorneys understand that no amount of money can ease the pain that you are feeling following the death of a loved one. But receiving compensation after a fatal bus accident can go a long way in helping pay bills and ease the financial burden that can follow the death of a loved one. We strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible for our clients, which might include the following compensation in a wrongful death action:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Loss of future inheritance
- Loss of parental guidance (if decedent has minor children)
- Loss of spousal companionship, protection and care
- Grief, sorrow and mental suffering of surviving spouse and next of kin
- Pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death
- Punitive damages (if defendant’s actions were intentional)
Dedicated and Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power have the skill, knowledge, and experience to assess any potential wrongful death cause of action, including fatal motor vehicle accidents. Moreover, our vast experience litigating wrongful death actions allows us to analyze the potential damages to which you may be entitled.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal bus accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to discuss a possible wrongful death claim and learn more about the types of damages to which you may be entitled. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.