Bus drivers in Illinois receive substantial training in how to operate buses safely. Because of this instruction, they are theoretically more skilled drivers than those who drive passenger vehicles. Even when a bus is involved in a collision with a car, the bus’s larger size often protects the passengers from injuries. But that scenario changes if the bus strikes a bigger object – like a building, for instance.
That’s what happened earlier this week in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of the Windy City. Around 4:45am on Thursday morning, the CTA bus was traveling on South Kedzie Avenue just south of 64th Street when it struck a van. Both the van and the No. 54A South Kedzie bus then crashed into a nearby building. A total of four people were injured in the bus accident: three passengers and the driver of the van. Two of the passengers had to be transported to an area hospital in serious condition.
The incident is still under investigation by Chicago Police, and it’s not yet clear how the bus accident took place or whether the CTA bus or the van was to blame. If the bus driver is found to be at fault, then the three passengers and the van’s driver would have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the CTA. As a result of this legal action, a jury could order the CTA to reimburse the victims for ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and medication costs, and even physical therapy sessions. The plaintiffs could also receive compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism, and possibly even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
If the van driver is discovered to be responsible for the collision, then the passengers could file those personal injury lawsuits against its driver. However, the CTA may still possibly be named as a defendant if it is believed that the bus driver could have acted differently to avoid crashing into the building.