Over the weekend, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green Line train derailed, sending 14 people to the hospital with injuries reported to be minor. The derailment occurred Saturday afternoon near the curve of 59th and Calumet Avenue — the same area of another derailment in May of 2008. To speak with a top CTA train and bus injury lawyer, call Passen & Powell at (312) 527-4500 for a Free Consultation.
There have been a number of CTA-related incidents the past few months, from a toddler in a stroller being dragged by a CTA train, to a CTA bus accident that sent 10 people to the hospital, to another CTA bus hitting a house, causing the house to be torn down for safety reasons.
Train and bus accidents can be serious, and sometimes fatal. In Illinois, such accidents may fall under the Common Carrier Liability Act (740 ILCS 25/) and the Illinois Metropolitan Transit Authority Act (70 ILCS 3605/). The experienced Chicago injury lawyers of Passen Law can help you navigate the law, as well as conduct a thorough factual investigation, so you can recover damages entitled under the law.
The CTA falls under both Acts, and is subject to changes in the Illinois Metropolitan Transit Authority Act that took effect June 1, 2009. The most significant change is the repeal of Section 41, which eliminates the six-month notice requirement that had hampered many legitimate claims. The repeal applies to all “causes of action that accrue on or after” June 1, 2009. However, the one-year statute of limitations still applies, which is why it is critical to contact a top public transportation accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, contact Passen & Powell today at (312) 527-4500 for a free consultation.