We’re not even a third of the way through August, and already it has been a disastrous month for motorcoach operator Megabus.
Last Thursday, a Megabus traveling from Chicago to Kansas City blew a tire on the interstate near the city of Litchfield and slammed into a concrete bridge support. A 25-year old female passenger died in the crash and dozens of other passengers were hurt. And this week, another woman has lost her life due to a Megabus accident.
On Tuesday around 2pm, a 76-year old woman was walking north along Canal Street in downtown Chicago. She began crossing Adams Street and was only yards from her apartment when an empty Megabus turned left from Canal onto westbound Adams while she was in a marked crosswalk. The bus’s side mirror struck the woman’s head, and her head slammed down into the pavement. The elderly woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, but she succumbed to head injuries about four hours later.
The 32-year old woman driving the bus was cited by Chicago Police for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Therefore, it appears that the driver will be held fully responsible for the deadly bus accident; so by extension, Megabus will be held liable as well, since the driver was acting as an employee of the bus company at the time of the accident.
The victim is survived by a daughter (who has multiple sclerosis) and a son, so they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against both the bus driver and Megabus. In this type of suit, a jury could order the defendants to reimburse the family for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and burial costs. Jurors could also require the defendants to pay damages related to mental anguish and loss of care or companionship.