Trusted Transit Authority Accident Lawyers Serving Chicago
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) covers Chicago proper as well as 35 suburbs and operates the second largest public transportation system in the United States. The numbers are impressive:
- More than 1,800 buses serve over 10,000 stops
- Around 1,500 rail cars serve 145 stations
- Nearly half a billion trips occur every year.
Unfortunately, the CTA leads the nation in fatalities, collision rates, and derailments compared with other metro transit systems. To put that into perspective, however, your odds of getting injured are probably lower relying on the CTA to get around than relying on your own personal vehicle. Odds cease to matter, however, once an injury actually occurs. If you have been involved in an accident the Chicago Transit Authority Accident Lawyers can fight for your rights.
Your Options in the Event of an Accident
Your options in the event of a CTA accident depend on the circumstances surrounding it. Fault is almost always relevant:
- If the accident was mostly your fault, you probably can’t recover anything (a recovery is still possible if your degree of fault was no greater than 50 percent).
- If the accident was the fault of the CTA or its employee, you can file a claim against the CTA, but special rules apply because the CTA is a government entity.
- If the accident was the fault of a third party, you can file a claim against the third party.
- The manufacturer of a defective auto part might also be liable, even without fault.
We Try to Keep Our Clients out of Court
Nineteen of our clients win an out-of-court settlement at the negotiating table for every one client who has to wait for a court decision. Nevertheless, we are still ready to slug it out in court if the opposing party insists on being stubborn. Our success in the courtroom is, ironically, one of the main reasons we rarely end up there – opposing parties simply don’t want to face us in court.
“If anyone has a problem and is in need of help, call Malman Law. At Malman Law you are not just a client, you are part of the family.” – Donyell G
Some of Our Related Practice Areas
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are some of the most common types of bus accident injuries?
While just about any type of injury is possible, the same types of injuries keep recurring over and over:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Spine injuries
- Head injuries
Is there a statute of limitations deadline on my CTA accident claim?
Yes. Although you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, when the Chicago Transit Authority is the defendant, you only have one year. The CTA gets special treatment because any amount it pays out in damages comes out of taxpayers’ pockets. To discuss any questions you might have about your case please contact one of our Chicago Transit Authority Accident Attorneys.
What kinds of damages might I be eligible for?
If your CTA claim is successful, you could end up with much more than simple reimbursement for your medical bills. Your damages might include:
- estimated future medical expenses, if your injuries are expected to be long-term.
- property damage if, for example, your car was totaled by a CTA bus.
- lost wages if you were out of work because of your injuries.
- occupational disability, if your injuries are expected to be long-term.
- non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and scarring/disfigurement.
Can the IRS tax my compensation?
Generally not, with some important exceptions. The IRS can tax:
- compensation for lost wages, just as if those wages had been earned;
- punitive damages (although few victims receive punitive damages); and
- interest on your damages compensation.
Speak to a tax attorney for further details.
No Fees Unless You Win
At Malman Law, our job is to fill your pockets, not empty them. Since we win 95 percent of our clients’ claims, we can afford to offer you our Zero Fee Guarantee – our legal fees will be zero unless you win your claim and actually receive the money. Furthermore, since we charge no upfront fees, feel free to contact us regardless of the state of your finances.
We’re Only One Call Away
New claims are “fresh” while old claims can get stale – they get harder to win as time passes. There are a thousand reasons why you should pursue your claim ASAP. If you have been injured in an accident, call one of our experienced Chicago Transit Authority Accident Lawyers today at 1-888-836-5975 or simply fill in our online contact form and we will schedule you a free initial case consultation.