Chicago, IL- Evening rush hour in Chicago was punctuated by Chicago Transit Authority bus crash which left one person dead and several people suffering serious injuries Tuesday evening.
The accident occurred at 6 p.m. on Michigan Ave at the intersection of Lake Ave. CBS Chicago reports that the accordion bus lost control, struck a pedestrian and came to stop on the sidewalk in the front of Michigan Plaza– one of the Windy City’s many tourist attractions. A total of five cars were involved in the collision.
The 51-year-old woman, who was struck, survived the initial impact and was taken to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Eight other people were rushed to the hospital, with one suffering critical injuries, and the other seven suffering moderate injuries, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
CTA said no one was on the bus besides the driver.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown and continues to be investigated, but one witness told CBS Chicago that car ran a red light, forcing the bus to take evasive maneuvers so it appears the accident may not be the fault of the CTA. Police will review surveillance camera footage to see if that was the cause of the collision.
This accident occurred just several weeks after a NTSB investigation found that driver fatigue caused the 2014 CTA rail accident at O’Hare airport.  The train conductor later admitted she fell asleep at the controls, causing the train to smash into a platform. That accident left 33 people injured and cost nearly $11 million. The NTSB investigation cited driver fatigue and missteps on behalf of the CTA as the primary causes of the collision.
Cause is critical in all accident cases since it helps the victims identify who is liable for their injuries and costs. But cause is not always readily apparent so accident victims are advised to speak with an accident attorney to pinpoint the responsible party or parties and determine which course of action would benefit an accident victim most. Your attorney will help you decide if your injury claim should be resolved with an out of court of settlement, or if you will receive a better settlement by taking your case to trial.
In a past Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study, researchers found that driver error contributes to 15 out of 19 bus crashes. Driver error is also a primary cause of car and truck accidents and lead to thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths each year. Victims of accidents caused by driver error deserve to be compensated for their pain and suffering and should seek immediate legal counsel.
If you are in need of an experienced and dedicated Illinois personal injury attorney, USAttorneys can help you locate one in your area. You can set up a time to meet to discuss your accident and whether you are eligible for financial compensation to cover your medical expenses and mental anguish. Contact an accident attorney in Illinois and put your mind at ease.

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