We told you about a fatal collision involving a suspected drunk driver and a Joliet man on the West Side of Chicago Friday night in the Austin neighborhood. Unfortunately, the weekend did not conclude without another auto accident in the same area about two miles away in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Around 5:30am on Sunday morning, two passenger vehicles collided with a CTA bus near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Pulaski Road. Though the cause of the crash is unclear, images show a minivan crashed into the rear of the No. 66 bus and a sedan against the left front tire of the bus. Five passengers on the bus were injured as were two other people in the vehicles.
The investigation into the bus accident is continuing; but right now, it appears that one or both drivers of the passenger vehicles will be held responsible for the crash and the injuries to the victims. While it is possible that the CTA bus driver might share some of the liability, there is no evidence at this time which would indicate that that is the case.
Because auto insurance is usually capped per incident, the policy of the driver who is responsible may not be required to cover all of the costs associated with the auto accident injuries. So should they choose to do so, the five passengers on the bus, as well as any of the vehicle occupants could file personal injury lawsuits against the driver (or drivers) that is eventually held accountable. These lawsuits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital treatment costs, medication expenses, and even physical therapy sessions. If the injuries were serious enough for the victims to miss work (even for follow-up doctor’s appointments), the defendant may be ordered to compensate the plaintiffs for lost wages. There’s even a possibility that a jury would award monetary damages for pain and suffering.