A Chicago accident attorney at our firm read a news report earlier today detailing a devastating bus accident that left one man severely injured. According to the article, posted on SFExaminer.com, the accident in question transpired earlier this month on Valentine’s Day when an elderly gentleman, reported to have been using a cane, attempted to cross a city street through the road’s crosswalk. Shortly after stepping out into the street, the man was immediately struck by an oncoming shuttle bus. In an unfortunate turn of events, the pedestrian was subsequently pinned underneath the bus.
Our accident attorney in Chicago learned that it took fire crews well over twenty minutes to extricate the victim from the wreckage. The pedestrian sustained critical injuries and is currently under advanced medical care – although he is expected to survive. The driver of the shuttle bus has received a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. However, shortly after the devastating accident, surveillance footage of the collision became public – ultimately causing numerous groups to express their outrage over the seemingly menial charges the shuttle bus driver faced.
Pedestrian rights activists have begun expressing their desire for criminal charges to be imposed on the shuttle bus driver. However, despite their efforts to persuade their state’s District Attorney to prosecute the shuttle bus driver, prosecutors say that usually in these types of cases, criminal charges are not filed unless the accident results in fatality. Our Illinois accident lawyer read that according to a statement released by the Assistant District Attorney, in order to be found reckless in these types of cases, you must be acting in a willful disregard for the safety of others.
Additionally, the Assistant District Attorney revealed that acting in a reckless manner is not the same as being negligent. In this type of case, drivers who cause injury in collisions may be negligent, but in no way intended to act in the way that caused the harm. On the other hand, if an accident victim dies as a result of the accident, the driver may be charges with vehicular manslaughter.
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that if you or a loved one has sustained harm in any type of motor vehicle accident, civil litigation is often found to be the best avenue of relief for those whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of another’s negligence. Victims of these types of harmful accidents are often able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages which aim to punish and deter the wrongdoer for their negligent behavior.