When a person is injured in a bus accident, they may not always know what to do next. Buses are much larger than other vehicles on the road, but their lack of seat belts and their open aisle designs can significantly increase the chance of an injury occurring in the event of a collision. Bus companies can be intimidating, and without the proper representation, you can be left on the hook for thousands of dollars paying off medical bills and insurance costs.
Buses don’t stop running when school lets out for the summer; there are nearly one million of them registered in the United States, and many are used all year round. Hundreds of thousands of people living in Chicago use CTA buses everyday to get around the city, and many more working men and women utilize buses to shuttle their children to and from summer activities while they are at work. There are also a number of companies like Greyhound and MegaBus that provide inexpensive options for interstate travel. With so many people using these vehicles everyday, bus safety is something that matters to all of us.
Yesterday, a school bus carrying roughly 40 children was struck by a passenger car in the northwest suburb of Fox Lake. According to reports, the group of children was being transported back to the Hastings Lake YMCA after spending their morning on a sailing field trip. Near Illinois Route 59 and Devlin Road the bus driver was forced to swerve to avoid a car turning right at a red light, causing the bus to strike a nearby car. Thankfully, the collision didn’t result in any serious injuries, and no one examined at the scene required hospitalization. Police are still investigating the incident, but at present no citations have been issued. (Chicago Tribune)
In 2010, the most recent year with available statistics, more than 13,000 buses were involved in accidents in the United States. While it may not have been the case in this incident, many of the injuries and deaths that result from these accidents can be directly attributed to the careless or negligent actions of a bus driver, a driver on the road, or a bus manufacturer. If you are ever the victim of a bus accident, our lawyers will do everything possible to get the compensation that you deserve, and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. We know the right steps to take, and we have the experience to help you navigate the road to recovery. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)