A woman who claims she fractured her arm while riding a bus is suing the city's transit authority, alleging the driver caused her injury by slamming on the brakes.

Maria Escalante filed a lawsuit July 15 in the Cook County Circuit Court against the Chicago Transit Authority, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Escalante was a passenger on a CTA bus on the northbound Kimball route in Chicago on Nov. 23, when she stood up to pull the cord to notify the driver of her intended stop and the driver slammed on the brakes, causing her to fall and fracture her left arm.

She alleges the bus driver was driving at too fast of a speed in an urban area and operated the bus in a reckless manner.

Escalante is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented in the case by attorney Jeffrey S. Deutschman of Deutschman & Associates P.C. in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L007389.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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