April 10, 2014

Tour Bus Crash Kills Nine

by Levin & Perconti

Highways collisions between large vehicles, such as trucks or buses, can lead to serious injuries and fatalities because of their size and momentum when travelling at high speeds. Unfortunately these factors played a role in a recent accident in northern California that claimed the lives of nine people, injuring many others. According to an article by ABC, a Fed Ex truck with a tractor-trailer attached collided with a tour bus that was carrying high school students to visit a college campus. The truck was heading southbound on the highway when it crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided with a Nissan Altima, followed by the tour bus. As a result of this accident 32 people were hospitalized. The truck driver and tour bus driver were killed, along with seven students who were passengers on the bus. The accident is still under investigation at this time. Preliminary reports have stated that the truck may have been trying to avoid hitting the Altima when it hit the charter bus.

While it is always unfortunate when fatal traffic accidents occur, it is especially devastating when these accidents separate families and cut short the lives of young people. As noted above, the students were en route to tour a college as prospective students, exemplifying the potential they still had yet to live up to in their young lives. As a result of what could have been another’s negligence, nine lives were lost, and seven families will miss seeing their children grow up and reach their dreams.

What is also worrisome about this bus accident is that it easily could have happened in Illinois as well. Our state is a major hub for passenger bus transportation, with many schools and tourist attractions located near busy and congested Chicago area expressway. Thousands of people in Illinois rely on bus transportation every day, and they should be able to trust that they will be able to arrive to their destinations safely and not fear an accident from the negligence of others on our roadways.

Our Chicago based attorneys file bus accident lawsuits for people who suffered injuries in accidents caused by the negligence or misconduct of others on the road. Our lawyers are focused on using the court system to set legal examples in order to help to decrease the number of fatal accidents in Illinois. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the harms caused to you and yours, so take action early to protect your rights.

April 9, 2014

Pedestrian Killed in West Side Chicago Accident

by Levin & Perconti

As we have emphasized before, accidents involving trucks can cause life-altering injuries to those involved. However, the risks for serious injury or death increase when trucks and other large vehicles collide with pedestrians.

The Chicago Tribune reported that a pedestrian died after being hit by a pickup truck on Chicago’s West Side at Van Buren Street and Polaski Road. The victim was crossing the street when the truck struck him. Police cited the truck driver for failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving without insurance, and driving on a suspended license. As of right now, this accident is still under further investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

In Illinois, especially in Chicago where many people travel by foot, pedestrian accidents are all too common. For those pedestrians who survive collisions with trucks, the injuries can be debilitating and require years of therapy and medical treatment for recovery. These can often include injuries to vital areas of the body such as the head and neck, nerve damage, and spinal cord paralysis. Even though these accidents are not the fault of the victim, the victim suffers greatly, not just from physical pain, but from many other stresses, such as financial hardship as well. Medical bills from such severe injuries are often extremely costly, and recovery means that a victim cannot work and therefore has lost wages. Oftentimes, the victim may become so disabled after the accident that he/she cannot return to their line of work either, and thus their earning potential has become permanently diminished.

Our attorneys have worked with a number of victims of pedestrian accidents and understand the toll these incidents take not only on the actual victim, but also on their loved ones and family members. In 2013 our firm helped a young Chicago man find closure after he and a group of people were run down on a Chicago sidewalk by a pick-up driven by a Chicago City worker. We achieved a $2.4 million settlement for our client who suffered serious injuries in the accident. Along with having to endure multiple surgeries, his injuries prevented him from going to law school or enjoying the active lifestyle he knew prior to the accident. The negligent acts of the worker impacted this young man’s life, as well as his new wife and parents who all had to come together to help him in the months and years following his accident.

Our lawyers understand how unfair it is for victims to suffer even though they did not cause the accident. For that reason, we zealously advocate for these innocent victims to help them find justice through compensatory and punitive damages. Even though this money cannot erase the suffering or permanent damage they endure, it can help lessen the hardship in their lives by covering costs that should not have been incurred in the first place. Such lawsuits also set a legal example by punishing negligent wrongdoers and preventing others from committing the same acts later.

April 7, 2014

Dump Truck Accident Caused Loss of Limb for Smithton Construction Worker

by Levin & Perconti

As our readers know, truck accidents do not only occur on Illinois highways and roads, but can happen in other locations where trucks and other large machinery are frequently present, such as farms, warehouses or building sites. Given the fact that work sites are usually busy with many different people performing various tasks independent of each other, it is not surprising that accidents at construction sites involving large trucks and machinery occur.

In an accident reported by the Madison Record an Illinois attorney filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a construction worker who lost part of his leg in an accident involving a dump truck. In his complaint, he explains that he was doing asphalt density tests when a driver operating a dump truck full of asphalt drove over him. The plaintiff’s attorney alleges that the truck driver negligently failed to maintain a lookout, did not keep the dump truck under control, did not use a reverse alarm while backing up in a construction zone, and backed up without first ensuring that no one was behind him (which is a failure to use the safety program). The truck driver’s parent companies are also named in this suit because they allegedly allowed the truck driver to use a dump truck in a construction zone that did not have a reverse alarm in it, and allowed the employee to drive the truck too fast for a construction zone.

As a result of this accident, the plaintiff required a below the knee amputation and suffered other injuries including damage to his left shoulder and thickness burns to his arms, leg, and back. In addition to his pain and suffering and disability, he suffered great medical costs and lost wages. Because of his physical state, he now has a greatly decreased capacity to earn income and has lost employment due to that fact.

As our attorneys have stressed many times, it is important that truck drivers and their companies employ safety practices and have policies in place to ensure that people are free from dangers. Where they fail to do so and others are injured as a result of a truck accident, all negligent parties may be held liable for a victim’s significant and life-changing permanent injuries (such as those in this accident), or death. There are time limitations for filing accident lawsuits in Illinois, so victims should seek legal counsel soon after the accident to protect their rights.

April 4, 2014

Multi-Vehicle Truck Crash Occurs on Illinois I-280

by Levin & Perconti

When truck accidents occur, not only are they highly dangerous and likely to result in personal injuries, but they can cause a chain reaction of accidents, especially on busy roads and interstates. As our readers likely know, these vehicles are extremely large and heavy and this can make it difficult for other drivers to avoid or maneuver around crash sites, especially at the high speeds of interstates. This can result in further collisions.

This was the case recently in western Illinois. KWQC reported that a multiple-vehicle truck accident occurred on Illinois I-280. The incident occurred near Milan, Illinois near Airport Road by mile marker 14. According to the Illinois State Police, one semi was traveling westbound and lost power and then attempted to pull off onto the right shoulder. The truck was not able to get all the way off the road and was struck by a second semi-truck. Then, a third semi-truck struck the other two, resulting in a complete blockage of the interstate road. Despite this being a large accident, thankfully there were only minor injuries. The accident is still being investigated by police.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths and injuries from motor vehicle accidents account for the leading cause of death for those between ages 3 through 33 years old. In fact, traffic fatalities account for more than 90 percent of transportation-related fatalities. For instance, in 2004 alone, an average of 117 people died each day. This is an average of one death every 12 minutes. Furthermore, multi-vehicle crashes take a serious toll with injuries and deaths. In 2004, there were a total of 5,190 deaths from collisions with large trucks, and 295 of these deaths were from multiple-vehicle crashes. Additionally, there were a total of 116,000 injuries from collisions with large trucks, and 14,000 of these were the result of multiple-vehicle crashes.

Our attorneys understand how dangerous truck accidents can be on Illinois interstates and that injuries from these accidents can be severe and life altering. We have been experienced with truck accident lawsuits for over 20 years, and have represented injured plaintiffs in lawsuits and helped them obtain fair and just verdicts and settlements for their injuries and suffering. If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash or other truck accident, you also may be able to obtain compensation through a lawsuit for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, etc. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and one of our attorneys would be happy to assist you with your potential claim.

April 3, 2014

Federal Regulators Order Truck Company’s Vehicles Off the Roads After I-88 Truck Crash

by Levin & Perconti

In previous posts we discussed the fatal I-88 crash that took the life of one Illinois emergency responder and critically injured another. As this case has continued to unfold, we wish to keep you up to date on the legal developments occurring after this truck accident.

As a recap, a truck driver from DND International Inc. was criminally charged for the January 27th I-88 crash. This crash killed a tollway worker and critically injured an Illinois State Trooper. At the time, the tollway worker was helping a disabled truck on the side of the highway, alongside the Illinois State Trooper. The DND truck driver then crashed into their parked vehicles. The driver was operating the semi-truck while extremely impaired or fatigued, and made false logs about how long his shifts had been. At the time, he had worked for 37 straight hours.

Since the accident investigators have worked to determine the cause and who may be to blame for the accident, including investigations into the truck driver and the trucking company that employed him. According to new reports, as a result of these investigations, federal regulators have ordered the Naperville trucking company’s vehicles off the road, as reported in an article by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Federal regulators claim that the truck company, DND International Inc., failed to stop its employee drivers from falsifying their work records. This is believed to be a key factor in the I-88 Illinois Tollway crash. Regulators have called the company an “imminent hazard to public safety” for not having adequate safety management practices in place. Not having such practices in place means the company did not ensure that their employee drivers were submitting accurate records.

Where a trucking company is not using proper records, safety practices, or monitoring its drivers, it is putting drivers, passengers, and roadway workers at serious risk. Not only do truck drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, but trucking companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their employees while on the job. Employers, as the principal, are seen to have authorized the actions of their employees, who are agents doing work under the direction of the company.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a driver’s negligent and reckless behaviors, you may be able to hold all negligent parties liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers strongly believe in advocating for innocent victims of motor vehicle accidents, and have fought for their rights since 1992. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your case and see if we can help you with your legal claim.

April 3, 2014

Police Chase of Reckless Truck Driver Results in a Two-Vehicle Crash, Killing Five

by Levin & Perconti

Reckless driving is a serious issue because it puts all others on the road at risk. Reckless driving, especially from excessive speeding, can put people in danger and cause serious personal injuries and death. When these motor vehicle collisions occur on congested highways and interstates at great speeds, they can be extremely dangerous and fatal. It is especially unfortunate when these accidents occur, because many people on our highways are carpooling together, and these collisions therefore can take a toll on a greater number of people, including families with children.

Reports by AZ Central have relayed that 5 people were killed in a two-vehicle crash. The accident occurred subsequent to a police chase of a reckless truck driver. Authorities are still working to determine the chain of events and at one time the fatal collision happened.

Preliminary reports have said that an Illinois family of four was traveling on U.S. 160 when the truck driver collided with them head-on. This collision claimed 5 lives, including the truck driver and his passenger. The only survivor was a 9-year-old girl in the family’s vehicle, who remains in critical condition. Her father, mother, and brother all died from the crash.

Just prior to this accident, the police had responded to a call about a pickup truck that was driving recklessly. Reports said that the truck was driving over 100 miles per hour in the eastbound lanes of the highway. Officers in pursuit of this vehicle stayed over a mile behind the truck because they were concerned for their own safety. This pursuit went on for over 20 miles up until the point when the truck crossed over the center line and collided with the family’s vehicle. At that point in time, both vehicles became consumed by the flames.

Here, not only was the driver negligent is excessive speeding at traveling at over 100 miles per hour, but driver was evading the police. This is not only acceptable on the law, but put many lives at danger, and caused fatalities in a family. As you know, when being signaled by the police to pull over, a driver must abide by the request. It is against the law to not pull over to the shoulder of the road when a police car follows and signals you. When a driver fails to do so, their penalties can greatly increase, and the put others in serious danger when a chase ensues.

Our attorneys understand that highway accidents resulting from reckless driving can be life-changing. Not only do they result in serious or permanent personal injuries, but they are likely to result in deaths of innocent victims as well. Here, it was only a few moments that separated an entire family by death, leaving a young child as the only surviving member of her immediate family. While no amount of money can replace this girl’s loved ones or the future she should have had with them, a legal guardian may be able to bring a lawsuit on her behalf to recover compensation against the negligent driver’s estate.

If you have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one from a motor vehicle accident, you also may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and suffering. Our attorneys have been experienced in personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years, and would be happy to assist you in a free consultation. Call us today, and you could obtain the justice that you deserve.

April 1, 2014

Washington County Truck Accident Leaves One Dead

by Levin & Perconti

As our readers are aware, when drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are taking responsibility for others on the road. In tort law – the area of the law that covers personal injury lawsuits – we have what is known as a legal “duty of care” to others around us. We are seen to have breached this legal duty when we are the cause of an injury. For instance, where a driver is being reckless or negligence, such as through excessive speeding or talking on the phone while driving, a court can find that driver negligent and hold the driver legally accountable for the injuries suffered by the victims.

According to reports by KFVS 12, a two-vehicle crash occurred in Washington County, Illinois near Addieville. The accident occurred near State Route 177 and Covington Road. One woman, from Nashville, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Washington County coroner. The coroner reported that the victim was driving north on Covington Road, ran through a stop sign,, and hit a westbound tractor trailer. Police have elaborated saying that traffic on this road is required to stop at Illinois Route 177 because it is a “through roadway.”

When the driver failed to stop her car at the intersection stop sign, she hit the left side of a refrigerated box trailer attached to the truck. As a result of the collision, the impact ruptured the refrigeration fuel tank. This caused the trailer to catch on fire.

This accident is still under investigation by authorities. They have indicated, however, that they will be performing a toxicology testing.

Some of our readers may have heard of “toxicology testing” previously, while understandably, some may be new to the subject. To fill everyone in, toxicology is a forensic study to test for drugs or alcohol. According to CrimeMuseum.org, this testing is most often done to test for drugs in athletes or job applicants, and can also be used to test for alcohol for drivers who are suspected to have driven under the influence. These tests can be done to determine if a person system’s contained a certain substance and how much of the substance. In this accident case, the person authorities wish to be tested for toxic substances died behind the wheel in this crash. However, it is possible for examiners to conduct postmortem toxicology testing in which they test samples taken from the deceased. While difficult, an examiner can take blood and liver samples from the victim’s body to test for alcohol. Interestingly, this testing can evaluate the cause of death, especially in cases where intoxication led to a collision. For instance, experts have found that the “vitreous humor” is more reliable than “ante mortem BAC levels” because the alcohol content will not change even after death. In this way, they can determine negligence and fault, even where a fatality has occurred.

Our firm handles all types of personal injury lawsuits, and not just those involving trucks and motor vehicles. If you have suffered injuries at the hands of another’s negligence, you may be able to hold that person liable through a personal injury lawsuit. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your case.

March 29, 2014

Truck Driver Dies After Crashing into Tollbooth

by Levin & Perconti

As our readers know, excessive speeding is a danger to all drivers and those whom with we share the roadways. Because it is already common to drive at higher speeds on highways than regular roads, it is that much more important to avoid excessive speeding on highway roads.

Reports by Lawrence Journal-World indicate that a tractor-trailer crashed into an Interstate 70 tollbooth, killing the driver. Authorities reported that the man died at the scene of the crash and that his passenger is in critical condition. Authorities said that the truck hit the tollbooth at highway speeds, and that the driver never slowed down before the crash. The cab then wrapped around the tollbooth, and the engine landed 50 yards away. Thankfully, the tollbooths at this location were not staffed, as this impact split the barriers. At the time the truck had been hauling garden hoses, and hundreds of hoses were strewn about the area as a result of the crash.

The article does not elaborate on why the truck driver failed to slow down or what caused the accident. However, high speeds are a significant factor in many motor vehicle crashes. According to SmartMotorist.com, excessive speeds are a cause of one third of all fatal crashes. Speeding is defined as exceeding the posted speed or driving too fast for the conditions, such as congestion or bad weather. Not only do high speeds take lives, but these otherwise preventable accidents are extremely costly to our economy. It is estimated that speeding-related crashes cost the U.S. $27.7 billion per year. Furthermore, the year of 1998 was an exceptionally high year in which 42,000 people were killed in accidents, 3.2 million were injured, and the costs were over $150 billion.

It is important to avoid excessive speeding because speed reduces the time available to stop and avoid crashing. It also increases the likelihood of a crash and the severity of a crash. Per the same article, crash forces double with every 10 mile per hour increase in speeds above 50 miles per hour. Because the severity of the impact increases with speed, if drivers increase their diligence in being safe and avoid negligence, motor vehicle accidents can be prevented.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash due to the negligence of another driver who drove at excessive speeds, you have unfortunately understand the dangers associated with speeding all too well. However, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering in a lawsuit, but it is important to file your lawsuit in a timely manner to abide by the time limits imposed by the Statute of Limitations. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in personal injury and motor vehicle accident lawsuits for over 20 years. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you.

March 27, 2014

One Dead Following Two-Truck Collision

by Levin & Perconti

Truck accidents, no matter how large or small; always take a toll on those involved. However, accidents involving large trucks are especially worrisome when they involve hazardous materials such as gasoline and other fossil fuels. Presence of such materials poses additional dangers to those already faced in crashes. Such materials can be extremely dangerous due to their flammable and poisonous nature, and pose threats to the public as well as the environment. Not only do trucks run off of diesel and oil, which are hazardous materials themselves, but trucks often carry hazardous materials as cargo as well.

According to an article by SignalsSCV.com, a man was killed in a recent crash involving two trucks, a box truck and a tanker that was fully loaded with jet fuel. The driver of the tanker truck died as a result of the accident. The driver of the box truck was traveling north in the interstate’s far right lane at a slow speeds carrying about 70,000 pounds of tomatoes. The tanker truck was also traveling north in the same lane and approached the rear of the box truck at an unknown speed, eventually colliding with the rear of the box truck. Investigations for this accident are still underway

As a result of this crash, about 40 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled on the road and into adjacent land. Although one would first assume that the crash involved spilled jet fuel from the tanker, thankfully none was spilled. When truck accidents cause fuel spills, there can be serious consequences to both people and the surrounding environment. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, fuel, such as gasoline, oil, and diesel, are hazardous materials, even though they are what make our vehicles run. When such hazardous materials are present, response personnel must attend to environmental impacts and safety issues in a quick and safe manner as to not expose dangers or cause additional harms. Even though hazardous materials fuel our vehicles, when they are spilled in an accident they can pose a threat to public safety. Vehicular fluids include fuel, radiator coolant, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and battery acid. Such materials are flammable and poisonous and can even cause explosion in accidents.

If you have been harmed in a truck accident, or in any motor vehicle accident, due to another’s negligent driving, you may be able to seek compensation through the legal system. In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering while holding the other driver accountable for wrongdoing. Our attorneys, with over 20 years of experience, may be able to help. Call us for a free consultation today.

March 26, 2014

Odell Man Killed in Pickup Truck Accident

by Levin & Perconti

It has seemed as though this winter has been never-ending. Even now, past the first day of spring, Illinois has experienced freezing temperatures. This past week, we even saw some overnight snow. Unfortunately, this persistent winter has caused more truck and car accidents.

According to an article by the Pantagraph, an Odell resident was killed this Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash. The accident occurred on Interstate 55 south of Dwight, Illinois. Livingston County authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene of the accident. According to the police, the man was heading north on Interstate 55 when he lost control of his pickup truck on the slippery highway and overturned into the median.

Unfortunately, this was not the only accident. The overnight early spring snow left a layer of ice on many roads throughout Illinois. According to the same article, this accident was one of six handled by local authorities of Pontiac. Another accident had occurred on Interstate 74 near Carlock and involved several vehicles.

As always, our attorneys stress to use even more caution than normal when driving in bad weather conditions, if you absolutely must drive at all. According to The Weather Channel, you should be especially careful when driving during or after snowfall. Decrease your speed so that you can both maintain control of your vehicle and allow yourself to stop safely. Furthermore, stopping in snowy weather requires more distance and time. That is why you should allow yourself three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

Accidents happen. Sometimes one’s own personal actions lead them to suffer injuries; in other instances people may suffer as a result of the careless or reckless behaviors of another individual. Our attorneys have helped seriously victims of truck and motor vehicle accidents caused by driver negligence since 1992. It is our mission to help those who have suffered personal injuries obtain the justice and compensation that they deserve. Crashes can cause severe injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, etc., that may take a long time to heal and cause the victim to lose work. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another driver, it is important that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. In a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to obtain compensatory and/or punitive damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. Contact our firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your claims with you.

March 25, 2014

Woman Dies in Collision With Tow Truck on the Dan Ryan

by Levin & Perconti

Truck accidents, whether the truck be a large tractor trailer or semi, or a common tow truck, are dangerous yet common. No matter who is at fault, these accidents can be extremely dangerous, resulting in serious personal injuries or death. Trucks are large vehicles, and when a smaller vehicle collides with them victims may face life-long disabilities and permanent injuries.

This Monday, a two –vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan killed a woman, according to reports by the Chicago Tribune. The article states that a woman’s vehicle collided with a tow truck on Interstate 94 near 89th street. According to preliminary investigations by the police, she was driving in the middle lane at a high speed and lost control. This caused her to veer to the right, resulting in striking the left side of the tow truck in an accident. Her car then rolled over to the left and hit a concrete median. After the impact, the tow truck also veered left and struck the median as well. The woman was also not wearing a seat-belt at the time. The Chicago Fire Department pronounced her dead at the scene.

As our readers know, wearing a seat belt in Illinois not only keeps you safe, but it is in fact the law, per ILCS 5/12-603.1. The law requires that all drivers and passengers over the age of 8 to wear seat belts. Those under the age of 8 must be in an appropriate child seat. This law is in place to save lives of Illinois drivers and passengers. In fact, according to CyberDriveIllinois.com, using seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to those in the front-seat by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%.

Thankfully, seat belt use has been on the rise, which means more lives can be saved. According to CyberDriveIllinois.com, Illinois first conducted a survey on seat belt usage in 1985, and only 15.9% of people used seat belts at that time. As of the most recent reports from 2011, 92.9% of people are using seat belts, showing the effectiveness of seat belt laws and safety campaign initiatives. However, 8.1% who don’t use seat belts still create numerous safety violations. In 2011, over 84,107 people were convicted of not wearing seat belts only in Illinois.

Our attorneys care about educating Illinois citizens on the issues surrounding safe driving to help keep people safe and free from accidents. That is why our firm has worked hard to represent clients in all types of injury lawyers since our firm was founded 1992. If you have been injured in an accident, you can depend upon the experience of our attorneys. We have successfully recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of victims of negligence and have achieved a number of record-setting verdicts and settlements for clients. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.

March 24, 2014

School Bus and Truck Accident Injures Four

by Levin & Perconti

When driving in the early morning or late afternoon, we, as drivers, share the roads with school buses. These school buses carry small and young children on their way to or back from school. As you may know, to the law requires drivers to always stop when school buses are stopped with their stop sign extended and flashing red lights. The purpose of this Illinois law is to protect the lives and well-being of students by making drivers aware of buses with the hope of preventing bus accidents.

According to reports by WIFR, a collision between a school bus and a truck left four people injured. The accident occurred on Pacatonica Road, south of Montague Road, in Ogle County, Illinois. According to the Ogle County Sheriff, the bus driver pulled over to let a student off, when the pick-up truck hit the bus head on. Four individuals were injured as a result of the collision: two children, the bus driver, and the truck driver. The accident is still currently under investigation.

While the exact cause of this accident is not yet known, after reading about this accident our attorneys wanted to remind readers of the importance of yielding to school buses. According to an article by the Illinois State Board of Education, other vehicles on the road pose a great danger to children on school buses, particularly when they do not yield to a stopped bus. However, it is the law to yield to stopped school buses, per Illinois Vehicle Code in Sections 5/11-1414, 5/11-1415, 5/12-803, 5/12-805, and 5/12-807.2. No drivers are exempt from following these laws, and this applies both on and off of school property. For instance, when traveling on a two-lane road, and a school bus stops to pick up or drop off a student, vehicles in all lanes of traffic must stop. Furthermore, when a school bus is on a four-lane road, those traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.

While all drivers already have a legal duty of care to not be the cause of injury to others on the road by using caution and keeping from negligent behavior, this is even more important around children. Children cannot defend themselves from the dangers of the roads because they are more often than not very unaware and naïve to roadway dangers. These young people often do not understand the dangers of moving vehicles. Children can be easily distracted, can cross streets without warning, and may not see oncoming traffic. They also have trouble understanding and judging speed and distance. Most children who are injured or killed on a school bus are injured or killed outside the bus due to motorists who do not stop for the flashing red lights and stop sign.

Bus accidents can be preventable where drivers use caution and abide by the laws. Our attorneys handle Illinois bus accident lawsuits for victims who have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence and recklessness of other drivers. Unfortunately, bus accidents are common, and can cause life-changing personal injuries. If you, or a young child in your family, have been injured in a bus accident, you may have a legal claim in which you can hold the wrongdoer liable for negligence and obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering. Call our law firm today, and we may be able to help you with your case.