With the availability of school buses in the city of Chicago, parents have a choice regarding how their children are transported to and from their schools. Either parents can take their kids to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon, or they can let their youngsters ride the bus both ways. But one option that parents find unacceptable is for them to put their children on the bus in the morning, and then be forced to pick them up… from the hospital.
That’s what happened in a Chicago bus accident on the West Side of Chicago. On Friday morning shortly after 8am, a school bus with kids on board was at the intersection of Madison Street and Hoyne Avenue (a couple of blocks west of the United Center) when it reportedly struck a median when the driver attempted to avoid running into another vehicle. As a result, the bus sustained major damage, and a total of seven children had to be taken to Chicago hospitals; though authorities say they were all listed in good condition.
From the information given, it’s difficult to tell whether the fault of the Chicago bus accident lies with the bus driver or the driver of the vehicle that the bus was trying to avoid. If the other vehicle suddenly changed lanes or drove through the intersection without the right-of-way, it’s possible that its driver could be held completely responsible for the bus accident and the injuries to the kids. However, if the bus driver swerved because he or she failed to stop in time to avoid rear-ending the other vehicle, then the bus driver, the bus operating company, and/or the school district could be found liable.
Even though the injuries to the children weren’t considered serious, the victims’ parents could still choose to file personal injury lawsuits on their kids’ behalf against whomever is to blame for the Chicago bus accident.