Can I Initiate a Personal Injury Claim if I’m Injured on a Bus or Train?

Public transitThe operator of a common carrier like a bus or train can be held liable for injuries or damages caused by negligent operation. Often, common carriers have a greater duty to ensure your safety in comparison to other motor vehicle operators. Common carrier vehicles are often government-owned transit, and the government may be liable if you are injured while using that transportation. However, different municipalities have different rules and time periods for initiating and filing claims. An experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you initiate a claim if you are injured on public transit.

A Question of Responsibility and Liability

A common carrier may be responsible for injuries and damages if it does not take reasonable action to ensure that entryways and exits are safe for passengers. Carriers are also responsible for providing security where necessary to ensure the safety of passengers, for providing qualified people to operate the vehicles, and maintenance of vehicle engines and other machinery. Failure to take these hazard-mitigation steps can leave common carriers vulnerable to lawsuits.

As a passenger, you also have the responsibility to avoid injurious actions and behavior.


It is crucial to acquire evidence supporting your personal injury claim, and an experienced personal injury attorney can help you do that. Evidence that could be relevant to a personal injury claim against a common carrier includes:

  • Medical records that document your injuries
  • Proof of lost wages at work due to your injuries or inability to work
  • A police report of the accident
  • Photographs of the scene of your injury
  • Witness statements

Rubens Kress and Mulholland Concentrates in Personal Injury Cases

Whether you have suffered a personal injury on public transit or by other means, it is important to consult an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There is no fee unless you collect, and we are proud of our track record of success in pursuing personal injury claims. Contact Rubens Kress and Mulholland online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.