The Southtown Star reported today on a Chicagoland car accident involving a car and a Pace bus. Details remain sketchy at this point, but it was confirmed that the driver of the car and a young child passenger were both taken to a local hospital with injuries following the car accident.
It seems that the car with the mother and child somehow rear-ended the Pace bus in Orland Park at the corner of 159th Street and 91st Avenue. Pace is the company that operates the suburban bus system network. Police have not confirmed what caused the collision, whether it was the negligence of the bus driver or some mistake made by the car driver. Fortunately, none of the ten Pace passengers was injured. Police report that the young child was not strapped into a car seat at the time, even though a seat was present in the car.
There is a reason why state lawmakers have passed legislation requiring seat-belt use for all drivers and passengers, with particular emphasis on the adequate restraint of children. Seatbelts are quite frequently the difference between walking away from an accident and suffering severe injury or death. Even when one is in a car for a short time, there is no excuse for not buckling up. That rule is even more apparent when it comes to mandating the proper use of child-safety restraints every time without exception.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that while the importance of seat-belt use is now common knowledge, far too many local residents fail to heed the warnings. Decreases in the total number of car accident related injuries and death are frequently attributable to increased use of seat belts. Yet there remains room for improvement in this area if everyone commits to buckling themselves and others every single time they sit down in a vehicle.
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