Bus accidents in Chicago can be serious and often can result in injuries to many people, both drivers and passengers who are involved in a crash. Buses usually have multiple people aboard and rarely have seatbelts or other safety restraints available for use by passengers which means that in the event of a crash, people can be tossed around inside the bus and can even be thrown into one another. The fact that additional people are likely to be aboard means that the potential exists for more people to be hurt, or in the worst accidents, killed due to a collision involving a bus.
Some accidents are unavoidable or are due to conditions beyond the control of the drivers involved, yet in the majority of bus accidents, at least one driver acts in a negligent or reckless manner, leading to and causing a collision. When this happens, those who are injured in a bus crash may be entitled to seek relief for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who represents accident victims is a good way to learn about what legal options may be available to you after a crash occurs.
Unfortunately police have confirmed that a collision occurred this morning between a Megabus and a daycare bus on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The crash, which happened near 47th Street around 7:00 a.m., involved at least 37 individuals between the two vehicles. Eight children were evaluated on the scene and were transported to area hospitals for further treatment. One adult also needed medical help and was transported from the scene by local emergency medical technicians. According to first responders, 28 people at the scene refused medical treatment. All of the victims of this crash are expected to recover.
Authorities are still investigating at this time and trying to determine what led the two vehicles to collide. All factors are being considered including whether negligence was present by either driver and whether adverse weather conditions could be partially to blame. It may be some time before officials make their determinations, including whether either driver will be ticketed in this matter.
Parents who place their children in daycare often assume that their child will remain safe and secure while under the authority of the daycare center and its employees, but unfortunately, accidents happen. If a child is injured while at a daycare, both the child and his or her parents may be entitled to relief.
Similarly, anyone who pays a fare to ride a bus should make it to their destination without suffering from injuries or without being harmed in any way. When that is not the case, the laws in Chicago allow these victims to seek fair and just compensation for their injuries.
If you have been a victim of a bus accident in Chicago, call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free, no obligation case consultation regarding your accident and your rights. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and everything discussed in the phone call will remain confidential. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge a fee unless we help you obtain a recovery in your case. If an accident has left you hurt, make sure you have someone on your side; call Abels & Annes, P.C. today.
Prior Blog Entry:
Rollover Accident in Chicago Leaves 2 Injured, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 2, 2014.
8 kids, 1 adult taken to hospitals after buses collide, by Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune, published March 5, 2014.