Considering Driverless Buses and Bus Accidents

Attorney Blog

driverless busAlthough driverless vehicles are not yet a common sight in the Chicago area, many residents of Chicagoland have heard about automated technology and driverless cars. Indeed, many cities, according to an article in Fortune Magazine, are eager to test out this new technology. But what about driverless buses? The prospect of driverless technology, for many of us, is still disconcerting, and it becomes perhaps even so more when we consider Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses driving through the city while being piloted by computers.  Should we be anticipating the rise of driverless buses in Chicago? What will the advent of such technology mean for bus accidents in the city?

According to a recent article in Popular Science, some regions of the world have begun testing out automated technology in public transportation, and bus accidents have occurred. Can automated technology really prevent crashes, or does this technology, in its current stages, place us at greater risk of personal injury in a bus accident?

Automated Technology and Bus Accidents Abroad

The most prominent use of technology when it comes to CTA buses is, perhaps, the CTA Bus Tracker system, which allows passengers to use smartphones to track buses and to receive estimated arrival times for transportation. The CTA is not at the point where it has begun testing driverless buses. However, as the Popular Science article clarifies, the use of driverless buses has indeed begun elsewhere, and it has not had especially promising results. It is important for Chicago residents to be aware of the increasing use of driverless technology, because it could soon come to many major urban areas in the United States.

Considering a recent driverless bus accident in Switzerland, the article in Popular Science exclaims that, “robots, too, can be bad drivers.” The article cites a recent trial of PostBus shuttles in Switzerland, which was supposed to turn into an everyday feature following the end of the trial. However, last month, one of the buses crashed into a parked car, leading the people behind the trial to end it early. While only minor property damage occurred and no personal injuries were reported, the bus accident echoed a number of driverless car accidents that have been reported both in the U.S. and abroad.

Problems with Driverless Bus Technology

Similar to problems observed with driverless cars in many of America’s major metropolises, the issue with the driverless bus technology seems to involve sensors. Sensors are key in making driverless technology safe. These sensors act as eyes, essentially, alerting the vehicle when an object may be near. Yet in the Swiss driverless bus trial, as well as in accidents involving driverless cars in the States, the sensors failed.

According to a fact sheet from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), intercity buses in the U.S. account on average for more than 40 percent of fatal bus accidents each year. As such, we do need to think about methods for bus accident prevention. However, increasing the use of driverless buses may not yet be an answer to the problem.

Contact a Chicago Bus Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love got hurt in a bus accident, an experienced bus accident lawyer in Chicago can help with your case. Contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices today.


Got a Settlement Quicker Than I Expected and Better Than I Expected!

My second time with Leandro A. at Woodruff Johnson and Evans. Another great job. Didn’t have to talk with work comp at all this time since I told work comp I don’t trust them after the first occurrence with them. Got a settlement quicker than I expected and better than I expected. Thanks to Leandro […]

Brian M.

Attorney Dexter Evans: Professional, Responsive and Took Care of Business. Highly Recommended. You Will Not Be Disappointed!

Dexter Evans handled my case for a motor vehicle incident. I would like to inform you that he was very professional, responsive, and took care of business. Whenever I had a question they were very quick to respond and handled everything for me. If it wasn’t Dexter then Nicole was right there. I highly recommend […]

Otis S

Go to the Doctor. Do the Tests. Get the Diagnostics. Hire Leandro Alhambra!

Leandro Alhambra took on my workman’s comp case and did a great job getting a good return back. I had him take on the case late (2 years after the incident) and he still was able to provide a good amount of compensation. Advice to anyone reading: go to the doctor, do the tests and […]

Nelson V

Leandro A. Alhambra Fights to Get Every Dollar for his Clients

I used Leandro A. Alhambra for my workmans comp. case. I see in him that he fights to get every dollar for his clients to be satisfied of the […]

Daniel H

Their Office Represented Me Very Well

I felt that their office represented me very well with a very difficult people to deal with. The process took a long time but at the end they were able to close the deal. I want to thank you for the support and ability to answer any and all questions I had during this process. […]


Attorney Leandro “Lee” Alhambra has given me and my family a peace of mind that I am much grateful for.

My experience with Woodruff Johnson & Evans has been a blessing. My attorney Lee has been such a professional but also a friend that has walked me through many of the things that I had no knowledge of or what I should do next. He has given me and my family a peace of mind […]

Michael K.

I just wanted to let you and your office know how pleased I was with your handling of my case!

Dear Russell, I just wanted to let you and your office know how pleased I was with your handling of my case. The promptness in which you handled this matter and the professionalism you showed while doing so was greatly appreciated. Should there arise another time in which I need assistance or should an acquaintance […]

M. Wright

Attorney Dexter Evans Was Always Available to Answer Any Concerns I Had.

D.J. was always available to answer any concerns I had. The entire case was handled professionally. I am completely satisfied with entire staff at Woodruff Johnson & Evans that I […]

John N.

Attorney Jay Johnson went above and beyond!

Attorney Jay Johnson went above and beyond. He made everything so easy and was always available for any questions I needed to ask. I highly recommend Woodruff Johnson & […]

Chad M.

Attorney Russell Haugen was awesome!

Attorney Russell Haugen was awesome at handling my case and very communicative on a lot of information I needed help with as well. He also took out the time to make sure I was handled with great provision! […]

Jashaunti P.
View All Testimonials

Get Your Free Consultation

"*" indicates required fields