School buses provide the largest single source of mass transportation in the United States, shuttling twice as many people from place to place as any other transit bus system. Every school day nearly 500,000 buses carry 24 million people, carrying them to and from school, as well as school related activities. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys read that between Tuesday morning and Wednesday night, 23 children were injured in two separate school bus accidents in the greater Chicago area. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
On Tuesday, about 25 students from Winston Campus Junior High School were on their way home from school when their bus collided with another vehicle. The majority of students were unharmed, however, three students were taken to the hospital with whiplash-like symptoms.
The following morning, 20 children from Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa were injured after their school bus was involved in a collision with two trucks on Interstate Highway 94. In addition, the bus driver and a driver in one of the trucks were also injured. According to a State Police Sergeant, all 20 injured children, and the two drivers were in stable condition. (Chicago Tribune)
Since 1990, about 1,500 people have been fatally injured in school bus accidents, and many more have been injured. School buses have unique hazards when compared to other vehicles on the road. As the events of this week have shown, with no seatbelts or airbags, and with people moving about the aisles throughout transit, serious injuries can result anytime a school bus gets into a crash.
Injuries can range from minor cuts and lacerations and broken bones, to traumatic spinal cord and neck injuries that can last a lifetime. When a child is seriously injured, it doesn’t just affect them, it affects their entire family. Parents with injured children are often forced to take months off work to tend to their recovery, and this loss of income can be very stressful and worrisome.
Together, our attorneys possess over 150 years of legal and medical experience, and we bring this knowledge to every case we handle. Our lawyers have handled cases against the Chicago Transit Authority, Alltown Bus Service and many more. We know well the needs of clients and families, and for 20 years we have worked to ensure that their rights are protected. We will work for you to ensure that your family will not have to deal with undue stress, and will have their future medical and insurance bills paid.
If you or one of your loved ones has been a victim of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. If you need help, call us and see how our experience can go to work for you.