May is a month of anticipation in Illinois. Not only do temperatures start becoming much more pleasant, but the school year begins to wind down for the millions of students across the state. During the month, many kids (and teachers) count the days until the arrival of summer vacation. Apparently, some of the state’s school bus drivers do that, too – which sometimes puts passengers in danger.
This might have been the case this week in Springfield. On Thursday morning shortly before 8:45am, a school bus carrying a couple of special education students was on its way to an elementary school. The bus was traveling north on MacArthur Boulevard when it tried to make a left turn to go west on Lawrence Avenue. In doing so, the bus turned in front of a 2008 Chevy Impala that was moving south on MacArthur. The car slammed into the school bus, which was pushed into a 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was waiting at the traffic light on the eastbound side of Lawrence.
Thankfully, neither of the students was hurt in the school bus accident, but a 62-year old woman acting as a bus monitor was injured. Plus, the 22-year old pregnant woman who was driving the Impala also had to be taken to an area hospital with injuries. The bus driver, a 64-year old woman, was cited by Springfield Police for failing to yield the right of way.
Because the bus driver will probably be held solely responsible for the school bus accident, the pregnant woman may elect to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to get reimbursement for ambulance charges, treatment expenses, and other related medical costs. The suit might name not just the 64-year old woman, but also either the school district or the company that was being contracted to provide bus service for the students. That’s because Illinois law states that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees when it comes to collisions while on the job.