As parents we have all know the routine. Monday morning means waking up, making breakfast, and sending your child on their way to the bus stop. As our Halloween safety post illustrated, our children are some of the most precious aspects of any of our lives. It is our responsibility to try to keep our kids safe whenever we can, but sometimes we have to entrust our children’s safety to others.
According to ABC News, a Long Island bus driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a bus filled with 7th graders last week. Authorities say that the man was carrying 29 students to a field trip and was attempting to park his vehicle when be backed into a tree. Following the bus accident, a 12-year-old girl was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
The man was also charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years or younger, driving while intoxicated while operating a school bus, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Some 24,000 people are injured as a result of bus accidents every year, and nearly 180,000 children are injured each year due to accidents that occur while they are riding in a vehicle with an adult. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
For children riding on a school bus, there are no restraints, and no air bags. Often times, because of the nature of buses, passengers can be in the aisle, or in a dangerous position when an accident occurs, and this can significantly increase their risk of injury.
When we, or our children use public transportation, we place our trust in the hands of the driver, the manufacturer, and the city to keep us safe and be responsible doing their job. The negligence and recklessness of a driver or manufacturer can result in accidents that have life long effects for their passengers, especially still developing children.
Since 1992, our Chicago accident lawyers have represented victims of negligence and reckless driving, including a number of cases involving injuries to children. For instance, in 2003, we reached a $10 million dollar settlement for a 5-year old boy severely injured by a City of Chicago Fire truck, and have a wealth of experience in all types of injury law.
Our attorneys and staff care about you and your family, and we will fight to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has experienced an injury as the result of someone else’s reckless actions, please call us for a free consultation.