Remember last month when many Chicagoans were relieved that the city finally snapped its 335-day streak without a day of at least one inch of snowfall? Well, it appears Mother Nature is making up for lost time with another substantial snow event striking northwest Illinois this week. Though most of Chicago proper was spared, the western and northern suburbs received anywhere from one to ten inches of snow on Thursday. Not surprisingly, that led to some auto accidents – although there was one that occurred when someone was trying to clear snow from the roadways.
On a Friday morning around 6am, a snow plow driver was clearing roads in the Cook County village of Glenview. According to authorities, the Glenview Park District driver ran a stop sign on Spruce Street and struck a Pace bus that was traveling on Glenview Road. The bus careened through some tall bushes and wound up in the yard of a house. The bus driver and the lone passenger on the bus both suffered injuries that required them to be transported to a nearby hospital. The snow plow driver received a citation for disobeying a stop sign.
Since it appears that the snow plow driver will be held fully responsible for the auto accident, the injured Pace bus passenger may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against both the snow plow driver and the Glenview Park District (because municipalities are responsible for the actions of their employees under Illinois law). This suit could allow the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for medical expenses and unearned wages from job absenteeism caused by the wreck.
If after the ensuing investigation the Pace bus driver is found to be partially at fault, the passenger could also name Pace in the lawsuit. The Pace bus driver’s medical expenses should be covered by the bus company.