Woman Killed After PACE Bus Driver Loses Control in South Chicago

826475_parking%20sxchu.jpgA 58-year-old woman was recently killed in a public bus accident that occurred on the South Side of Chicago. According to Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala, the woman was riding a PACE suburban bus that was headed south on Halsted Street when the driver suddenly swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road. The bus driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck a nearby pole. The force of the impact purportedly caused extensive damage to the bus and seriously injured a 58-year-old passenger. A representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office stated emergency responders transported the hurt woman to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital where she was unfortunately pronounced dead.

It is not clear how many passengers were riding the PACE bus at the time of the accident. The exact cause of the fatal crash is currently under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit. The 53-year-old bus driver was allegedly cited for damage to public property in connection with the collision.

Thousands of people throughout Chicago travel on passenger buses every day. Children headed to school, commuters on their way to work, and many other individuals rely on bus drivers to get them to their destination in a safe and timely manner. All buses that are used to transport passengers in Illinois must be regularly inspected for safety hazards. Additionally, the Illinois Vehicle Code requires school bus operators in our state to adhere to more rigorous safety requirements. Despite a number of safety laws and regulations, many Chicago bus passengers are hurt or killed in unexpected crashes each year. Although some bus accidents are caused by other motorists, such collisions too often result from bus company, driver, or manufacturer negligence.

 

 

Because most passenger buses do not provide riders with a seat belt, the wounds sustained in a Chicago area bus crash may be severe. In addition to physical injuries, many accident victims are also faced with a number of financial hardships such as lost wages and temporary or permanent disability. If you were injured or a family member was killed while riding as a passenger on a bus, you should discuss your right to financial recovery with a quality bus accident lawyer as soon as you are able.

If you were hurt in a Chicago area bus accident, please call Abels & Annes, P.C. at (312) 475-9596. Our hardworking Illinois bus accident attorneys are available to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury case. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our knowledgeable lawyers are on hand to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Our dedicated attorneys are available to help injured clients receive the compensation they deserve following an accident that was caused by a negligent bus or other driver. To speak with a capable personal injury lawyer today, do not hesitate to contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through the law firm’s website.

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Additional Resources:

Woman dies in accident involving Pace vehicle on South Side, by Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune

Woman Killed In Pace Bus Accident On South Side, Chicago.cbslocal.com

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