School bus drivers in Illinois are entrusted with arguably the most precious cargo found anywhere: children. That’s why they must meet stricter standards of safety in their driving practices and procedures, and they receive additional training to help meet these standards. But school bus drivers aren’t just accountable for the safety of their young passengers; they also have responsibilities toward helping protect the safety of other motorists on the roads.
This point was illustrated during a school bus accident that occurred late last month in Kendall County. According to authorities, a school bus with five children was traveling in Oswego around 6:30am on the morning of Wednesday, October 23. Near the intersection of Illinois Route 31 and Anchor Drive, the school bus apparently failed to stop as prescribed by law and struck a car. Thankfully, none of the kids was injured in the collision; but a 26-year old woman driving the car did suffer non-life threatening injuries that required her to be transported to a nearby hospital.
The 54-year old school bus driver was cited by police, so it’s pretty clear that she will be held responsible for the school bus accident and the injuries to the young woman. Should she choose to do so, the car’s driver could file a personal injury lawsuit against the school bus driver as well as the school district or transport company that employs the bus driver (since Illinois law states that all employers are responsible for the actions of their employees). As a result of this suit, the victim could receive reimbursement for all of her medical expenses, including ambulance charges, treatment and hospitalization costs, medications, and even physical therapy sessions. She may also be eligible for compensation for wages unearned due to work absenteeism as well as monetary damages for pain and suffering.