Accidents involving mass transit entities can be complex and intimidating. This is because many mass transit operations are publicly owned, and, if not publicly owned, owned by major corporations. Furthermore, accidents involving mass transit companies may involve more than one party. Thus, determining who is at fault and to what degree can be complicated. If you have been involved in a mass transit accident, consult an experienced attorney right away.
What is a Mass Transit Accident?
A mass transit accident is any accident involving aviation, buses, or railroads. The companies operating in these areas may be public or private in nature, and small or large in size. If a company is publicly owned, they may be immune from civil suit, and you may need to utilize a claims process in order to receive compensation for the incident. Consult with an experienced attorney today to learn more about your rights.
Causes of Mass Transit Accidents
The causes of mass transit accidents are not necessarily much different from other accidents; however, they can be more deadly in terms of human life lost and injuries sustained. One would think that modern technology would prevent mass transit accidents, but they still happen frequently. Below are some common causes of mass transit accidents:
- Human error
- Inadequate maintenance
- Broken rails
- Sudden stops
- Improper lane changes
- Improper lane usage
- Lack of security
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a mass transit accident, we are here to help. We have the experience and compassion to navigate you through this difficult situation. For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your mass transit-related auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.