Although public transportation is one of the safest ways to travel, public transportation accidents do happen. If you are injured in an accident while riding a bus or train in Chicago, you may not know how to proceed. Hiring a personal injury lawyer who practices public transportation injury law is the best way to ensure that you will receive proper compensation for injuries sustained in a public transportation accident.
Hiring a Lawyer
If it has crossed your mind to file your personal injury lawsuit yourself, you might want to reconsider. Pro se representation, in which the plaintiff or defendant organizes his or her own legal case, is demonstrated to have significantly lower success rates than cases which have proper representation. Although arguing your own case instead of hiring a personal injury lawyer may initially seem attractive, it has distinct disadvantages. Unlike trained and barred lawyers, average citizens typically don’t fully understand how the legal system works. Even if they do, judges and juries are less likely to take them seriously and a mistake in proper courtroom procedure or use of jargon could prejudice the court against your case.
Many parties can be held responsible for public transportation accidents such as elevated train crashes. The operator of the train may be liable if his or her negligence caused the accident. The company or governmental organization which manages and maintains the public transportation system may also be liable. In public transportation accidents, many people are typically injured. These plaintiffs may choose to pursue compensation jointly in a class-action lawsuit. An accident law firm can help them unite their claims and identify the proper defendants for their case.
Pursuing compensation from government organizations such as the CTA can be difficult. For help with your case, hire a personal injury lawyer to be on your side. To discuss the details of your case with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, contact McCready, Garcia, and Leet, P.C. at (773) 779-9885.