Auto accidents are pretty common across the state of Illinois, but people tend to pay more attention to collisions in which school buses are involved. That’s because a school bus crash calls to mind dozens of potentially vulnerable children who may be hurt or dead in a single incident. Last week, there was a school bus crash in Chicago which resulted in injuries to vulnerable victims – even though those on board the bus were adults.
The collision occurred August 15 around 7:15am on the city’s South Side about a half mile north of the Chicago Skyway. According to authorities, the bus was traveling north on South St. Lawrence Avenue when it collided with a Honda Civic that was heading west on Marquette Road. The car’s driver was hurt in the crash, along with four adult special needs students and a bus attendant. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Chicago Police are trying to locate witnesses to see which of the drivers ran a red light. In addition to identifying who should be issued a traffic citation, the information is important in determining who should be held liable in the auto accident. The at-fault driver could be named as a defendant in personal injury lawsuits filed by the injured bus passengers. (If the bus driver is found to be responsible, the bus’s operating company could also be sued).
A personal injury lawsuit could allow each victim to receive reimbursement for medical expenses, including ambulance charges, treatment costs, medications, and physical therapy sessions. In the case of the bus attendant (and possibly the driver of the car), compensation could be received for any wages that weren’t earned due to work absenteeism. It’s also possible that monetary damages for pain and suffering could be awarded by a jury as well.