There’s an old phrase that’s often used today to describe the concept of understand, inspiration, or realization sweeping you suddenly: “It hit me like a ton of bricks.” Well, there was one collision last week in Chicago in which the victims may have almost literally felt like “being hit with a ton of bricks.”
The incident took place on the city’s Northwest Side on Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30am. A CTA bus was traveling on northbound on Western Avenue and was crossing the intersection at Le Moyne Street near St. Elizabeth Hospital (about a half mile east of Humboldt Park) when it was hit by a pickup truck that was carrying a load of bricks. A total of nine people had to be transported to nearby hospitals, though none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
It’s unclear whether the bus or the pickup was at fault, though CTA reported that one of the vehicles was in the wrong lane at the time of the bus crash. It should be noted that Le Moyne west of Western is a one-way street traveling westward.
It appears that most or all nine of the victims have solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in connection with the CTA bus accident. But the defendant(s) named in that suit will depend on which vehicle is determined to be at fault. If Chicago Police determine that the driver of the pickup truck is at fault, then he or she would be named as the defendant, as well as his or her employer if the truck belongs to a private company (because Illinois law states that all employers are responsible for the actions of their employees). But if authorities conclude that the CTA bus driver was at fault, then the victims could sue him or her as well as the CTA itself.