A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm recently read a report on JusticeNewsFlash.com detailing a lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of a bus accident victim. The accident transpired in early 2010 when a 79 year-old man was using his walker while crossing in a city crosswalk when he was struck by a city bus driver who was making a left turn. According to the police report, the 57 year-old bus driver was allegedly stopped at the city’s transit facility and was pulling of the facility when the fatal accident occurred. It was later determined by local authorities that the bus driver was found to be at fault for the fatal accident for “failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing within a marked crosswalk.”
As a result of the devastating accident, the family of the 79 year-old accident victim has filed a lawsuit naming the bus driver, as well as, the bus company as defendants. The lawsuit seeks $500,000 for the bus accident which left the 79 year-old man was a head injury where he subsequently remained in a coma in the hospital for well over two months until his death on April 5. As a result of the pedestrian accident, the victim’s family spent at least $427,000 in medical, funeral and burial expenses. In addition to the bus accident lawsuit, the state prosecutor has filed vehicular manslaughter charges against the driver of the city transit bus.
Families of the victims of these types of devastating accidents are often able to seek legal relief from the damages incurred as a direct result of the premature death of their loved one. Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that through civil litigation, accident victims and their families can be compensated for the harm they have sustained due to another’s negligence. These damages commonly include, but are not limited to: cost of medical expenses, loss of wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, in addition to punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.
Those who knowingly commit negligent acts, whether it is the bus driver or their bus company, must be held legally liable for the harm they have carelessly inflicted on their accident victims. In these types of complex cases, it is often important to seek the legal aid of experienced accident attorneys in Chicago. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, please contact our Illinois accident lawyers to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.