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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled in 2010 Bus Accident

A wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a fatal 2010 bus accident that took the life of a 16 year-old boy has reached a settlement, according to a news report posted on Fox4KC.com. The bus accident in question transpired during the early morning hours of November 2010 when a 23 year-old bus driver geared up to drive her school bus on its designated route. It was particularly cold on that day and the bus’s windows were extremely icy. The driver failed to clear the windows before beginning travel – even opening the bus’s door in order to get a better look while driving. Subsequently, as a result of failure to maintain clear windows while driving the bus driver struck and killed a 16 year-old boy.

Ultimately, our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the 16 year-old boy by his mother, reached a $5 million settlement against one of the nation’s biggest transportation providers. In part of the wrongful death settlement, the boy’s mother will be allowed to speak at driver trainings for the company in order to address the various issues surrounding the wrongful operation of a 26,000 pound vehicle. The news report also reveals that the school board will review next Monday if they will continue their contract with the bus’s company.

Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that large commercial vehicles, whether that is a school bus or a semi tractor-trailer, are considerably less maneuverable than other types of vehicles and must be operated with the highest care and expertise. Although large commercial vehicle drivers are required to undergo extensive training and obtain a specialized license in order to operate their vehicles, often times Illinois trucking accidents occur through driver error or negligence.

When a large commercial vehicle driver operates while fatigued, distracted (cell phone use or texting), or even under the influence of alcohol or other illegal substance and causes a motor vehicle collision with another vehicle, accident victims may have a cause of action against the commercial vehicle driver and his/her company for negligence.

If you have been injured in a passenger vehicle or truck accident or have lost a loved one due to the careless of negligent acts of a driver, please contact our experienced Illinois truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights, representation and remedies may be available to you.