People in Chicago are very familiar with the CTA buses that transport passengers around the city. But residents may not be aware just how many buses and coaches there are in the Windy City that are operated by private companies. Some carry tour groups or private parties, while others have a contract with a school or other institution.Unfortunately, one of these privately-run shuttle buses was involved in an auto-pedestrian accident earlier this week. On Monday morning, a bus which shuttles students between the two campuses of Loyola University was traveling south on Sheridan Avenue. Shortly after 10am, the bus tried to make a left turn onto Bryn Mawr Avenue, which connects to Lake Shore Drive. But the bus struck a 93-year old woman who was walking north on Sheridan. The woman reportedly suffered several injuries, including a broken nose. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition.Interestingly, the Loyola shuttle bus usually turns onto Lake Shore Drive at the Hollywood Avenue intersection, which is a block north of the accident site. It is unclear why the bus driver altered her route on that day. The bus was carrying about 60 passengers at the time of the incident, but none of them were injured. The female shuttle bus driver was ticketed by Chicago Police for failing to yield to a pedestrian. It appears that the elderly woman has strong grounds for a personal injury lawsuit not only against the shuttle bus driver, but also Free Enterprise, Inc., the private company that operates the buses. Such a suit could reimburse the victim for ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, and bills for medications, lab tests, and treatment. She could also receive compensation for future physical therapy, as well as damages relating to any diminished quality of life she will endure after the bus-pedestrian accident.